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How to overload the constructor of a user control in ASP.NET

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I've declared some objects on my ASP.NET web form that I would like to pass as parameters to the constructor of a user control so I can keep keep a reference to them on the main form.  Is it possible to overload the constructor of the user control for this purpose?

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by:Crashman
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yes, it's possible...that's all what you need?
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by:obb-taurus
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Given that I was not all to successful in figuring this out, I would appreciate if you could tell me how.

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by:Crashman
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Overloading

public partial class UserControl1 : UserControl
    {
        //this is the contructor, without parameters;
        public UserControl1()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
        }

        public UserControl1(int field)
        {
            InitializeComponent();
            //do something with your field
        }

        public UserControl1(string field)
        {
            InitializeComponent();
            //do something with your field
        }
    }

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all the anteriors are overloadings, constructor without parameter, constructor with one integer parameter, constructor with string parameter...all are valid because you can use overloading with variations in amount of parameters and tipe of them
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by:obb-taurus
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Sorry, I should have been more clear as to where I was experincing difficulty.  On the web form that is supposed to contain the user control, how do you instatiate the control and pass the parameters?

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by:Crashman
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UserControl1 x = new UserControl1(ParameterA,ParameterB,ParameterC)

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can you post your code, or explain more clearly
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by:obb-taurus
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I'm a little confused by your response, unless I'm missing something, you can't instantiate a user control on a web form since it's added to the form as a tag in HTML.
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What he means is that you can add a eg. literalcontrol to the page and then load the usercontrol like this:

<asp:PlaceHolder ID="phReportControl" runat="server"></asp:PlaceHolder>

 string sReportURL = "~/Modules/UserControlSample.ascx";
        Control toAdd = LoadControl(ResolveUrl(sReportURL));
        phReportControl.Controls.Add(toAdd);

If you have accessible properties on the control you can also set them here before loading the control.

There's no need really to use contructors since you're working in a web environment not windows.

Hope it helps!
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