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Handler.ashx not being called (VB.NET)

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I'm having a problem in asp.NET VB.NET. I have an image displayed from a db in a bound gridview.
My process doesn't call handler.ashx?PID-(PID) in my VB.nET version of this app but it works in my C# version.

I don't get it.

Thanks


Code:

     Public Sub ProcessRequest(ByVal context As HttpContext) Implements IHttpHandler.ProcessRequest
            'context.Response.ContentType = "text/plain";
            'context.Response.Write("Hello World");
            Me.SetLog()
            ds = New DataSet

            Try
                context.Response.AddHeader("Cache-Control", "private,must-revalidate,post-check=1,pre-check=2,no-cache")
                context.Response.ContentType = "image/jpeg"
                Dim img() As Byte

                If ((Not (context.Request.QueryString("PID")) Is Nothing) _
                            AndAlso (context.Request.QueryString("PID").ToString <> "")) Then
                    Dim pid As Integer = CInt(context.Request.QueryString("PID"))
                    img = _pers.GetSignature(pid)

                    If img.Length <> 0 Then
                        context.Response.BinaryWrite(img)
                    End If

                    'If (Not (ds) Is Nothing) Then
                    '    If (ds.Tables("Signature").Rows(0)("Signature") IsNot System.DBNull.Value) Then
                    '        img = DirectCast(ds.Tables("Signature").Rows(0)("Signature"), Byte())
                    '        context.Response.BinaryWrite(img)
                    '    End If
                    'End If
                End If

            Catch ex As Exception
                log.Error("Missing QueryString: " & ex.Message)
            End Try
        End Sub
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by:66866
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Assuming your VB.Net and C# code does the same thing, did you try putting a break point and debug?
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by:foxbari
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Yes. It won't even debug. The page is rendered immediately.
This is VS 2010 if that makes a difference.
Thanks for your response.
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Dumb question- did you compile your code?
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Yes. Explicitly.
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Can you test with a trace?, visit your GridView and then press Ctrl + F5
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Nope. Handler.ashx isn't even called. I've even tried RowDataBound but the image needs to have a container and that didn't work either.
Is there a vs property I need to set?
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If you visit explicitly the handler?
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I tried that, too! It won't stop in the handler. I'm setting the ImageUrl in the Gridview Template field. What is the proper format string for the ImageURL?
Could that be the problem?

I don't receive any errors except if I misform the Image tag the in markup.
Thanks
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the URL of the image could be something like this: htpp://www.yourdomain.com/yourhandler.ashx?PID=4
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Ok. Here's my markup:

                                <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="Signature">  
                                     <HeaderStyle Font-Bold="True" CssClass="header" Wrap="False" />
                                    <ItemTemplate>
                                       <asp:Image ID="Image1" runat="server"
                                          ImageUrl='<%# "Handler2.ashx?PID=" & Eval("PersonnelID") %>'  Height="30px"
                                            Width="187px" />
                                    </ItemTemplate>
                                    <ItemStyle BorderWidth="6px" />
                                    <FooterTemplate>
                                        &nbsp;<asp:HyperLink ID="lbSignature" runat="server" Font-Names="Arial" Font-Size="10pt"
                                            NavigateUrl='<%# "Signature.aspx?PID=" &  Eval("PersonnelID") %>' Text="Add Signature"></asp:HyperLink>
                                    </FooterTemplate>
                                </asp:TemplateField>

I'm all out of options.
What am I missing?
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I would start to know why the handler.ashx isn't been called, put a trace and call the handler directly from the browser:

Verify if there is a GET registered in the trace.axd
Right click on the result and view the source, what does it show?
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The Webhandler directive doesn't have a trace attribute.
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When I call the handler directly from the browser, I just get a blank page.
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My friend, setup the trace in the web.config, is obvious that the handler doesn't have a trace directive.

In the blank page, right click and choose the option "View source", let me know what does it show
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View Source:
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<HTML><HEAD>
<META content="text/html; charset=windows-1252" http-equiv=Content-Type></HEAD>
<BODY></BODY></HTML>

web.config settings:

        <httpHandlers>
              <add verb="*" path="Handler.ashx"       type="ARAdmin.Handler" />
        </httpHandlers>

      <trace enabled="true" requestLimit="40" localOnly="false" pageOutput="true"/>

  </system.web>
      <system.diagnostics>
            <trace>
                  <listeners>
                        <add name="WebPageTraceListener"
                               type="System.Web.WebPageTraceListener, System.Web, Version=2.0.3600.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a"/>
                  </listeners>
            </trace>
      </system.diagnostics>

They don't do a damn thing.
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Can you try with this web.config content?

<system.web>
    <httpHandlers>
        <add path="Handler.ashx" type="ARAdmin.Handler" verb="*"/>
    </httpHandlers>
</system.web>
<system.webServer>
    <handlers>
        <add name="MyHandler" path="Handler.ashx" type="ARAdmin.Handler" verb="*"/>
    </handlers>
</system.webServer>

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by:foxbari
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Interesting...

When I run the handler from the browser with this code including the BinaryWrite:

                Dim pid As Integer = CInt(context.Request.QueryString("PID"))
                context.Response.Write("Did I get here?" & " " & pid)
                ds = _pers.GetPersonnel(pid)

                If ((ds) IsNot System.DBNull.Value) Then
                    If (ds.Tables("Personnel").Rows(0)("Signature") IsNot System.DBNull.Value) Then
                        img = CType(ds.Tables("Personnel").Rows(0)("Signature"), Byte())
                        context.Response.Write(" How about here? Length = " & img.Length)
                        context.Response.BinaryWrite(img)
                    Else
                        context.Response.Write(" Didn't make it ")
                    End If
                End If

...all I get is just a blank image with a 'x'

BUT when I run this code without the BinaryWrite.

I get the output text in the Response.Write statements.
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I think I got it.

It's the way VB.NET handles System.DBNull vs Nothing vs C# null
VB.NET is for #$%^!

Thanks for your help. Much obliged!
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the interesting thing is that you say that the handler isn't called without that change in the code
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Learned about web.config <handler> and <Listener>
Thanks
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