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ObjectDataSourceDisposingEventArgs.ObjectInstance Property

Gets an object that represents the business object with which the ObjectDataSource control performs data operations.

Namespace:  System.Web.UI.WebControls
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)

public Object ObjectInstance { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Object
The business object the ObjectDataSource uses to data operations; otherwise, null, if null is passed to the ObjectDataSourceEventArgs.

If the data operation methods (SelectMethod, UpdateMethod, DeleteMethod, and InsertMethod) are instance methods, an instance of the business object is created before the method is executed. You can prevent the business object from being created for each call by saving the object in the ObjectInstance property in the ObjectDisposing event handler. In subsequent ObjectCreating events, you can retrieve the business object from the ObjectInstance property.

The following code example demonstrates how to use an ObjectDataSource control with a business object and a GridView control to display information. You might work with a business object that is very expensive (in terms of time or resources) to create for every data operation that your Web page performs. One way to work with an expensive object might be to create an instance of it once, and then cache it for subsequent operations instead of creating and destroying it for every data operation. This example demonstrates this pattern. You can handle the ObjectCreating event to check the cache for an object first, and then create an instance, only if one is not already cached. Then, handle the ObjectDisposing event to cache the business object for future use, instead of destroying it. In this example, the CancelEventArgs.Cancel property of the ObjectDataSourceDisposingEventArgs class is set to true, to direct the ObjectDataSource to not call Dispose on the instance.

<%@ Import namespace="Samples.AspNet.CS" %>
<%@ Page language="c#" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
    "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<script runat="server">

// Instead of creating and destroying the business object each time, the 
// business object is cached in the ASP.NET Cache.
private void GetEmployeeLogic(object sender, ObjectDataSourceEventArgs e)
{
    // First check to see if an instance of this object already exists in the Cache.
    EmployeeLogic cachedLogic;

    cachedLogic = Cache["ExpensiveEmployeeLogicObject"] as EmployeeLogic;

    if (null == cachedLogic) {
            cachedLogic = new EmployeeLogic();            
    }

    e.ObjectInstance = cachedLogic;     
}

private void ReturnEmployeeLogic(object sender, ObjectDataSourceDisposingEventArgs e)
{    
    // Get the instance of the business object that the ObjectDataSource is working with.
    EmployeeLogic cachedLogic = e.ObjectInstance as EmployeeLogic;        

    // Test to determine whether the object already exists in the cache.
    EmployeeLogic temp = Cache["ExpensiveEmployeeLogicObject"] as EmployeeLogic;

    if (null == temp) {
        // If it does not yet exist in the Cache, add it.
        Cache.Insert("ExpensiveEmployeeLogicObject", cachedLogic);
    }

    // Cancel the event, so that the object will 
    // not be Disposed if it implements IDisposable.
    e.Cancel = true;
}
</script>

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
  <head>
    <title>ObjectDataSource - C# Example</title>
  </head>
  <body>
    <form id="Form1" method="post" runat="server">

        <asp:gridview
          id="GridView1"
          runat="server"          
          datasourceid="ObjectDataSource1">
        </asp:gridview>

        <asp:objectdatasource 
          id="ObjectDataSource1"
          runat="server"          
          selectmethod="GetCreateTime"          
          typename="Samples.AspNet.CS.EmployeeLogic"
          onobjectcreating="GetEmployeeLogic"
          onobjectdisposing="ReturnEmployeeLogic" >
        </asp:objectdatasource>        

    </form>
  </body>
</html>

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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