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ASP.NET 2.0 Quickstart Tutorials

Working with Server Controls

ASP.NET server controls are identified within a page using declarative tags that contain a runat="server" attribute. The following example declares three <asp:label runat="server"> server controls and customizes the text and style properties of each one individually.

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Manipulating Server Controls

You can programmatically identify an individual ASP.NET server control within a page by providing it with an id attribute. You can use this id reference to programmatically manipulate the server control's object model at run time. For example, the following sample demonstrates how a page developer could programmatically set an <asp:label runat="server"> control's Text property within the Page_Load event.

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Handling Control Events

ASP.NET server controls can optionally expose and raise server events, which can be handled by page developers. A page developer may accomplish this by declaratively wiring an event to a control (where the attribute name of an event wireup indicates the event name and the attribute value indicates the name of a method to call). For example, the following code example demonstrates how to wire an OnClick event to a button control.

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Handling Multiple Control Events

Event handlers provide a clean way for page developers to structure logic within an ASP.NET page. For example, the following sample demonstrates how to wire and handle four button events on a single page.

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Performing Page Navigation (Scenario 1)

Page navigation among multiple pages is a common scenario in virtually all Web applications. The following sample demonstrates how to use the <asp:hyperlink runat=server> control to navigate to another page (passing custom query string parameters along the way). The sample then demonstrates how to easily get access to these query string parameters from the target page.

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Performing Page Navigation (Scenario 2)

Not all page navigation scenarios are initiated through hyperlinks on the client. Client-side page redirects or navigations can also be initiated from the server by an ASP.NET page developer by calling the Response.Redirect(url) method. This is typically done when server-side validation is required on some client input before the navigation actually takes place.

The following sample demonstrates how to use the Response.Redirect method to pass parameters to another target page. It also demonstrates how to easily get access to these parameters from the target page.

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