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CatalogPart Class

Serves as the base class for controls that reside in CatalogZoneBase zones, and that provide catalogs of available Web server controls (especially WebPart controls) that users can add to a Web page.

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

[BindableAttribute(false)]
public abstract class CatalogPart : Part
<asp:CatalogPart />

The CatalogPart type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Protected methodCatalogPartInitializes the class for use by an inherited class instance. This constructor can only be called by an inherited class.
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  NameDescription
Public propertyAccessKeyGets or sets the access key that allows you to quickly navigate to the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Protected propertyAdapterGets the browser-specific adapter for the control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyAppRelativeTemplateSourceDirectoryGets or sets the application-relative virtual directory of the Page or UserControl object that contains this control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyAttributesGets the collection of arbitrary attributes (for rendering only) that do not correspond to properties on the control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyBackColorGets or sets the background color of the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyBackImageUrlGets or sets the URL of the background image for the panel control. (Inherited from Panel.)
Public propertyBindingContainerInfrastructure. Gets the control that contains this control's data binding. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyBorderColorGets or sets the border color of the Web control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyBorderStyleGets or sets the border style of the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyBorderWidthGets or sets the border width of the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Protected propertyChildControlsCreatedGets a value that indicates whether the server control's child controls have been created. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyChromeStateGets or sets whether a part control is in a minimized or normal state. (Inherited from Part.)
Public propertyChromeTypeGets or sets the type of border that frames a Web Parts control. (Inherited from Part.)
Public propertyClientIDGets the control ID for HTML markup that is generated by ASP.NET. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyClientIDModeGets or sets the algorithm that is used to generate the value of the ClientID property. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected propertyClientIDSeparatorGets a character value representing the separator character used in the ClientID property. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected propertyContextGets the HttpContext object associated with the server control for the current Web request. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyControlsInfrastructure. Gets a ControlCollection object that contains the child controls for a specified server control in the user interface hierarchy. (Inherited from Part.)
Public propertyControlStyleGets the style of the Web server control. This property is used primarily by control developers. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyControlStyleCreatedGets a value indicating whether a Style object has been created for the ControlStyle property. This property is primarily used by control developers. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyCssClassGets or sets the Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) class rendered by the Web server control on the client. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyDataItemContainerGets a reference to the naming container if the naming container implements IDataItemContainer. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyDataKeysContainerGets a reference to the naming container if the naming container implements IDataKeysControl. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyDefaultButtonGets or sets the identifier for the default button that is contained in the Panel control. (Inherited from Panel.)
Public propertyDescriptionGets or sets a brief phrase that summarizes what the part control does, for use in ToolTips and catalogs of part controls. (Inherited from Part.)
Protected propertyDesignModeGets a value indicating whether a control is being used on a design surface. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyDirectionGets or sets the direction in which to display controls that include text in a Panel control. (Inherited from Panel.)
Public propertyDisplayTitleGets a string that contains the actual current title of a CatalogPart control.
Public propertyEnabledGets or sets a value indicating whether the Web server control is enabled. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyEnableThemingGets or sets a value indicating whether themes apply to this control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyEnableViewStateGets or sets a value indicating whether the server control persists its view state, and the view state of any child controls it contains, to the requesting client. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected propertyEventsGets a list of event handler delegates for the control. This property is read-only. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyFontGets the font properties associated with the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyForeColorGets or sets the foreground color (typically the color of the text) of the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyGroupingTextGets or sets the caption for the group of controls that is contained in the panel control. (Inherited from Panel.)
Public propertyHasAttributesGets a value indicating whether the control has attributes set. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Protected propertyHasChildViewStateGets a value indicating whether the current server control's child controls have any saved view-state settings. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyHeightGets or sets the height of the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyHorizontalAlignGets or sets the horizontal alignment of the contents within the panel. (Inherited from Panel.)
Public propertyIDGets or sets the programmatic identifier assigned to the server control. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected propertyIdSeparatorInfrastructure. Gets the character used to separate control identifiers. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected propertyIsChildControlStateClearedGets a value indicating whether controls contained within this control have control state. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected propertyIsEnabledGets a value indicating whether the control is enabled. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Protected propertyIsTrackingViewStateGets a value that indicates whether the server control is saving changes to its view state. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected propertyIsViewStateEnabledGets a value indicating whether view state is enabled for this control. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected propertyLoadViewStateByIDGets a value indicating whether the control participates in loading its view state by ID instead of index. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyNamingContainerGets a reference to the server control's naming container, which creates a unique namespace for differentiating between server controls with the same Control.ID property value. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyPageGets a reference to the Page instance that contains the server control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyParentGets a reference to the server control's parent control in the page control hierarchy. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyRenderingCompatibilityGets a value that specifies the ASP.NET version that rendered HTML will be compatible with. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyScrollBarsGets or sets the visibility and position of scroll bars in a Panel control. (Inherited from Panel.)
Public propertySiteGets information about the container that hosts the current control when rendered on a design surface. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertySkinIDGets or sets the skin to apply to the control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyStyleGets a collection of text attributes that will be rendered as a style attribute on the outer tag of the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertySupportsDisabledAttributeGets a value that indicates whether the control should set the disabled attribute of the rendered HTML element to "disabled" when the control's IsEnabled property is false. (Inherited from Panel.)
Public propertyTabIndexGets or sets the tab index of the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Protected propertyTagKeyGets the HtmlTextWriterTag value that corresponds to this Web server control. This property is used primarily by control developers. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Protected propertyTagNameGets the name of the control tag. This property is used primarily by control developers. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyTemplateControlGets or sets a reference to the template that contains this control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyTemplateSourceDirectoryGets the virtual directory of the Page or UserControl that contains the current server control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyTitleGets or sets the title of a part control. (Inherited from Part.)
Public propertyToolTipGets or sets the text displayed when the mouse pointer hovers over the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyUniqueIDGets the unique, hierarchically qualified identifier for the server control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyValidateRequestModeGets or sets a value that indicates whether the control checks client input from the browser for potentially dangerous values. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected propertyViewStateGets a dictionary of state information that allows you to save and restore the view state of a server control across multiple requests for the same page. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected propertyViewStateIgnoresCaseGets a value that indicates whether the StateBag object is case-insensitive. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyViewStateModeGets or sets the view-state mode of this control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyVisibleGets or sets a value that indicates whether a server control is rendered as UI on the page. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected propertyWebPartManagerGets a reference to the current instance of the WebPartManager class.
Public propertyWidthGets or sets the width of the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyWrapGets or sets a value indicating whether the content wraps within the panel. (Inherited from Panel.)
Protected propertyZoneGets a reference to the CatalogZoneBase zone that contains a CatalogPart control.
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  NameDescription
Protected methodAddAttributesToRenderAdds information about the background image, alignment, wrap, and direction to the list of attributes to render. (Inherited from Panel.)
Protected methodAddedControlCalled after a child control is added to the Controls collection of the Control object. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodAddParsedSubObjectNotifies the server control that an element, either XML or HTML, was parsed, and adds the element to the server control's ControlCollection object. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodApplyStyleCopies any nonblank elements of the specified style to the Web control, overwriting any existing style elements of the control. This method is primarily used by control developers. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public methodApplyStyleSheetSkinApplies the style properties defined in the page style sheet to the control. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodBeginRenderTracingBegins design-time tracing of rendering data. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodBuildProfileTreeInfrastructure. Gathers information about the server control and delivers it to the Trace property to be displayed when tracing is enabled for the page. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodClearCachedClientIDInfrastructure. Sets the cached ClientID value to null. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodClearChildControlStateDeletes the control-state information for the server control's child controls. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodClearChildStateDeletes the view-state and control-state information for all the server control's child controls. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodClearChildViewStateDeletes the view-state information for all the server control's child controls. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodClearEffectiveClientIDModeInfrastructure. Sets the ClientIDMode property of the current control instance and of any child controls to Inherit. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodCopyBaseAttributesCopies the properties not encapsulated by the Style object from the specified Web server control to the Web server control that this method is called from. This method is used primarily by control developers. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Protected methodCreateChildControlsCalled by the ASP.NET page framework to notify server controls that use composition-based implementation to create any child controls they contain in preparation for posting back or rendering. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodCreateControlCollectionCreates a new ControlCollection object to hold the child controls (both literal and server) of the server control. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodCreateControlStyleCreates a style object that is used internally by the Panel control to implement all style related properties. (Inherited from Panel.)
Public methodDataBind()Binds a data source to the invoked server control and all its child controls. (Inherited from Part.)
Protected methodDataBind(Boolean)Binds a data source to the invoked server control and all its child controls with an option to raise the DataBinding event. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodDataBindChildrenBinds a data source to the server control's child controls. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodDisposeEnables a server control to perform final clean up before it is released from memory. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodEndRenderTracingEnds design-time tracing of rendering data. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodEnsureChildControlsDetermines whether the server control contains child controls. If it does not, it creates child controls. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodEnsureIDCreates an identifier for controls that do not have an identifier assigned. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified object is equal to the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodFindControl(String)Searches the current naming container for a server control with the specified id parameter. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodFindControl(String, Int32)Infrastructure. Searches the current naming container for a server control with the specified id and an integer, specified in the pathOffset parameter, which aids in the search. You should not override this version of the FindControl method. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodFocusSets input focus to a control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodGetAvailableWebPartDescriptionsReturns a collection of descriptions of the available WebPart controls in a catalog.
Protected methodGetDesignModeStateRetrieves the current state of a CatalogPart control's parent zone. (Overrides Control.GetDesignModeState().)
Public methodGetHashCodeServes as the default hash function. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetRouteUrl(Object)Gets the URL that corresponds to a set of route parameters. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodGetRouteUrl(RouteValueDictionary)Gets the URL that corresponds to a set of route parameters. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodGetRouteUrl(String, Object)Gets the URL that corresponds to a set of route parameters and a route name. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodGetRouteUrl(String, RouteValueDictionary)Gets the URL that corresponds to a set of route parameters and a route name. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetUniqueIDRelativeToReturns the prefixed portion of the UniqueID property of the specified control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodGetWebPartRetrieves from a catalog the WebPart control that is referenced by the WebPartDescription object passed to the method.
Public methodHasControlsDetermines if the server control contains any child controls. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodHasEventsReturns a value indicating whether events are registered for the control or any child controls. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodIsLiteralContentInfrastructure. Determines if the server control holds only literal content. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodLoadControlStateRestores control-state information from a previous page request that was saved by the SaveControlState method. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodLoadViewStateRestores view-state information from a previous request that was saved with the SaveViewState method. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Protected methodMapPathSecureRetrieves the physical path that a virtual path, either absolute or relative, maps to. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodMergeStyleCopies any nonblank elements of the specified style to the Web control, but will not overwrite any existing style elements of the control. This method is used primarily by control developers. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Protected methodOnBubbleEventDetermines whether the event for the server control is passed up the page's UI server control hierarchy. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodOnDataBindingRaises the DataBinding event. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodOnInitRaises the Init event. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodOnLoadRaises the Load event. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodOnPreRenderRaises the PreRender event. (Overrides Control.OnPreRender(EventArgs).)
Protected methodOnUnloadRaises the Unload event. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodOpenFileGets a Stream used to read a file. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodRaiseBubbleEventAssigns any sources of the event and its information to the control's parent. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodRemovedControlCalled after a child control is removed from the Controls collection of the Control object. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodRenderRenders the control to the specified HTML writer. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public methodRenderBeginTagRenders the HTML opening tag of the Panel control to the specified writer. (Inherited from Panel.)
Protected methodRenderChildrenOutputs the content of a server control's children to a provided HtmlTextWriter object, which writes the content to be rendered on the client. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodRenderContentsRenders the contents of the control to the specified writer. This method is used primarily by control developers. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public methodRenderControl(HtmlTextWriter)Outputs server control content to a provided HtmlTextWriter object and stores tracing information about the control if tracing is enabled. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodRenderControl(HtmlTextWriter, ControlAdapter)Outputs server control content to a provided HtmlTextWriter object using a provided ControlAdapter object. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodRenderEndTagRenders the HTML closing tag of the Panel control into the specified writer. (Inherited from Panel.)
Protected methodResolveAdapterGets the control adapter responsible for rendering the specified control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodResolveClientUrlGets a URL that can be used by the browser. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodResolveUrlConverts a URL into one that is usable on the requesting client. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSaveControlStateSaves any server control state changes that have occurred since the time the page was posted back to the server. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSaveViewStateSaves any state that was modified after the TrackViewState method was invoked. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Protected methodSetDesignModeStateSets design-time data for a control. (Overrides Control.SetDesignModeState(IDictionary).)
Public methodSetRenderMethodDelegateInfrastructure. Assigns an event handler delegate to render the server control and its content into its parent control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodSetTraceData(Object, Object)Sets trace data for design-time tracing of rendering data, using the trace data key and the trace data value. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodSetTraceData(Object, Object, Object)Sets trace data for design-time tracing of rendering data, using the traced object, the trace data key, and the trace data value. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodTrackViewStateCauses the control to track changes to its view state so they can be stored in the object's ViewState property. (Inherited from WebControl.)
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Public eventDataBindingOccurs when the server control binds to a data source. (Inherited from Control.)
Public eventDisposedOccurs when a server control is released from memory, which is the last stage of the server control lifecycle when an ASP.NET page is requested. (Inherited from Control.)
Public eventInitOccurs when the server control is initialized, which is the first step in its lifecycle. (Inherited from Control.)
Public eventLoadOccurs when the server control is loaded into the Page object. (Inherited from Control.)
Public eventPreRenderOccurs after the Control object is loaded but prior to rendering. (Inherited from Control.)
Public eventUnloadOccurs when the server control is unloaded from memory. (Inherited from Control.)
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Public Extension MethodFindDataSourceControlReturns the data source that is associated with the data control for the specified control. (Defined by DynamicDataExtensions.)
Public Extension MethodFindFieldTemplateReturns the field template for the specified column in the specified control's naming container. (Defined by DynamicDataExtensions.)
Public Extension MethodFindMetaTableReturns the metatable object for the containing data control. (Defined by DynamicDataExtensions.)
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Explicit interface implemetationPrivate methodIAttributeAccessor.GetAttributeInfrastructure. Gets an attribute of the Web control with the specified name. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate methodIAttributeAccessor.SetAttributeSets an attribute of the Web control to the specified name and value. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate methodICompositeControlDesignerAccessor.RecreateChildControlsAllows the developer of a designer for a composite part control to recreate the control's child controls on the design surface. (Inherited from Part.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate propertyIControlBuilderAccessor.ControlBuilderFor a description of this member, see IControlBuilderAccessor.ControlBuilder. (Inherited from Control.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate methodIControlDesignerAccessor.GetDesignModeStateFor a description of this member, see IControlDesignerAccessor.GetDesignModeState. (Inherited from Control.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate methodIControlDesignerAccessor.SetDesignModeStateFor a description of this member, see IControlDesignerAccessor.SetDesignModeState. (Inherited from Control.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate methodIControlDesignerAccessor.SetOwnerControlInfrastructure. For a description of this member, see IControlDesignerAccessor.SetOwnerControl. (Inherited from Control.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate propertyIControlDesignerAccessor.UserDataFor a description of this member, see IControlDesignerAccessor.UserData. (Inherited from Control.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate propertyIDataBindingsAccessor.DataBindingsFor a description of this member, see IDataBindingsAccessor.DataBindings. (Inherited from Control.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate propertyIDataBindingsAccessor.HasDataBindingsFor a description of this member, see IDataBindingsAccessor.HasDataBindings. (Inherited from Control.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate propertyIExpressionsAccessor.ExpressionsFor a description of this member, see IExpressionsAccessor.Expressions. (Inherited from Control.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate propertyIExpressionsAccessor.HasExpressionsFor a description of this member, see IExpressionsAccessor.HasExpressions. (Inherited from Control.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate methodIParserAccessor.AddParsedSubObjectFor a description of this member, see IParserAccessor.AddParsedSubObject. (Inherited from Control.)
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The CatalogPart class is a base class for special controls that reside in CatalogZoneBase zones. These derived CatalogPart controls provide catalogs of Web server controls that end users can add to a Web page. Use CatalogPart controls in a Web application when you want to provide end users with the flexibility to change the functionality of a Web page by adding or removing server controls.

A catalog is simply a list of one or more available Web server controls (including WebPart controls, ASP.NET server controls, and custom or user controls) that users can add to a Web page. A catalog has a number of common characteristics, including instruction text for end users; text to describe each server control; helper controls to select the server controls and add them to the page; a common header, footer, and border; and a number of style attributes.

There are three types of CatalogPart controls provided with the Web Parts control set, as described in the following table. Each type of CatalogPart control contains server controls that are added to a page from a different source.

Important noteImportant

Controls that inherit from the CatalogPart class can reside only in zones derived from the CatalogZoneBase class.

Control

Description

PageCatalogPart

Contains controls that have been closed on a page, and that can be reopened (added back to the page) by users. The controls in this type of catalog are controls that were already added to the page from another source, and were then closed by a user.

DeclarativeCatalogPart

Contains server controls declared within a DeclarativeCatalogPart control, which is itself contained in a CatalogZoneBase zone in the markup of a Web page.

ImportCatalogPart

Provides the user interface (UI) for a user to upload a control's definition file (an XML file defined by a schema, that contains state information) to a catalog, so that the control can be added to a Web page. The controls themselves do not appear in this type of catalog; the catalog is just a mechanism for accessing the definition files for external controls so they can be added to a page.

The CatalogPart class inherits from the base Part class, so that it has the common behavior of other part controls in the Web Parts control set. In addition, it adds some members that are useful for the catalog functionality. The DisplayTitle property gets the actual string that is currently being displayed as the title of the control. The value of this property can be the same as the value of the Title property or, if no value has been assigned to that property, a default value supplied by the .NET Framework. The WebPartManager and Zone properties both provide convenient access to the two essential objects that control the life cycle of a CatalogPart control: the WebPartManager control, and the CatalogZoneBase zone that contains the CatalogPart control, respectively.

The CatalogPart class also contains several methods. The GetAvailableWebPartDescriptions method is declared as an abstract method that must be implemented by inheritors. Its intended purpose is to return a collection of descriptions of the controls in the catalog. A related method, GetWebPart, is also declared as abstract and must be implemented by inheritors. This method is intended to return an instance of a WebPart control based on a description that is passed to the method as a parameter.

Notes to Inheritors

Because the CatalogPart class is abstract, you cannot use it directly on a Web page. The Web Parts control set provides three CatalogPart controls (listed in the table in the Remarks section of this topic) that derive from the base class and that can be used on Web Parts pages. These controls should provide most of the features needed to create catalogs of Web server controls. However, you might have specialized needs that would require developing a custom CatalogPart control. For example, you can create a special type of CatalogPart control that makes server controls available through a Web service, or directly from a database. To do this, you must inherit from the CatalogPart class. You must also override the abstract GetAvailableWebPartDescriptions and GetWebPart methods to provide an implementation that returns the WebPart or other server controls, and their descriptions. You will also need methods to load the various server controls from your database or Web service.

TopicLocation
How to: Set the Display Mode of a Web Parts PageBuilding ASP .NET Web Applications
How to: Set the Display Mode of a Web Parts PageBuilding ASP .NET Web Applications

The following code example demonstrates the use of the CatalogPart class. Because the class is abstract, it is not used directly in code. However, the example shows how to work with the three derived CatalogPart controls provided with the Web Parts control set to demonstrate common usage scenarios.

There are four parts to the code example:

  • A user control that enables you to change display modes on the Web page.

  • A Web page, which contains the three CatalogPart controls provided with the Web Parts control set, all declared within a CatalogZone on a Web page. The page also contains a WebPartZone control, with an AdRotator control declared in the zone.

  • An XML file that contains quotations displayed in the AdRotator control on the Web page.

  • An explanation of how to run the example.

The first part of this code example is the user control that enables users to change display modes on a Web page. You should save this code in a file named DisplayModeMenuCS.ascx or DisplayModeMenuVB.ascx (depending on which language you are using). For details about display modes and a description of the source code in this control, see Walkthrough: Changing Display Modes on a Web Parts Page.

<%@ control language="C#" classname="DisplayModeMenuCS"%>
<script runat="server">

 // Use a field to reference the current WebPartManager.
  WebPartManager _manager;

  void Page_Init(object sender, EventArgs e)
  {
    Page.InitComplete += new EventHandler(InitComplete);
  }  

  void InitComplete(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
  {
    _manager = WebPartManager.GetCurrentWebPartManager(Page);

    String browseModeName = WebPartManager.BrowseDisplayMode.Name;

    // Fill the dropdown with the names of supported display modes.
    foreach (WebPartDisplayMode mode in _manager.SupportedDisplayModes)
    {
      String modeName = mode.Name;
      // Make sure a mode is enabled before adding it.
      if (mode.IsEnabled(_manager))
      {
        ListItem item = new ListItem(modeName, modeName);
        DisplayModeDropdown.Items.Add(item);
      }
    }

    // If shared scope is allowed for this user, display the scope-switching
    // UI and select the appropriate radio button for the current user scope.
    if (_manager.Personalization.CanEnterSharedScope)
    {
      Panel2.Visible = true;
      if (_manager.Personalization.Scope == PersonalizationScope.User)
        RadioButton1.Checked = true;
      else
        RadioButton2.Checked = true;
    }

  }

  // Change the page to the selected display mode.
  void DisplayModeDropdown_SelectedIndexChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
  {
    String selectedMode = DisplayModeDropdown.SelectedValue;

    WebPartDisplayMode mode = _manager.SupportedDisplayModes[selectedMode];
    if (mode != null)
      _manager.DisplayMode = mode;
  }

  // Set the selected item equal to the current display mode.
  void Page_PreRender(object sender, EventArgs e)
  {
    ListItemCollection items = DisplayModeDropdown.Items;
    int selectedIndex = 
      items.IndexOf(items.FindByText(_manager.DisplayMode.Name));
    DisplayModeDropdown.SelectedIndex = selectedIndex;
  }

  // Reset all of a user's personalization data for the page.
  protected void LinkButton1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
  {
    _manager.Personalization.ResetPersonalizationState();
  }

  // If not in User personalization scope, toggle into it.
  protected void RadioButton1_CheckedChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
  {
    if (_manager.Personalization.Scope == PersonalizationScope.Shared)
      _manager.Personalization.ToggleScope();
  }

  // If not in Shared scope, and if user is allowed, toggle the scope.
  protected void RadioButton2_CheckedChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
  {
    if (_manager.Personalization.CanEnterSharedScope && 
        _manager.Personalization.Scope == PersonalizationScope.User)
      _manager.Personalization.ToggleScope();
  }
</script>
<div>
  <asp:Panel ID="Panel1" runat="server" 
    Borderwidth="1" 
    Width="230" 
    BackColor="lightgray"
    Font-Names="Verdana, Arial, Sans Serif" >
    <asp:Label ID="Label1" runat="server" 
      Text="&nbsp;Display Mode" 
      Font-Bold="true"
      Font-Size="8"
      Width="120" 
      AssociatedControlID="DisplayModeDropdown"/>
    <asp:DropDownList ID="DisplayModeDropdown" runat="server"  
      AutoPostBack="true" 
      Width="120"
      OnSelectedIndexChanged="DisplayModeDropdown_SelectedIndexChanged" />
    <asp:LinkButton ID="LinkButton1" runat="server"
      Text="Reset User State" 
      ToolTip="Reset the current user's personalization data for the page."
      Font-Size="8" 
      OnClick="LinkButton1_Click" />
    <asp:Panel ID="Panel2" runat="server" 
      GroupingText="Personalization Scope"
      Font-Bold="true"
      Font-Size="8" 
      Visible="false" >
      <asp:RadioButton ID="RadioButton1" runat="server" 
        Text="User" 
        AutoPostBack="true"
        GroupName="Scope" OnCheckedChanged="RadioButton1_CheckedChanged" />
      <asp:RadioButton ID="RadioButton2" runat="server" 
        Text="Shared" 
        AutoPostBack="true"
        GroupName="Scope" 
        OnCheckedChanged="RadioButton2_CheckedChanged" />
    </asp:Panel>
  </asp:Panel>
</div>

The second part of the code example is the Web page. The page contains a CatalogZone control, and within the child <zonetemplate> element, each of the three CatalogPart controls provided with the Web Parts control set is declared. Some attribute are set on the DeclarativeCatalogPart control, and also in the <script> section of the page, the attributes on that control are accessed programmatically. The control contains one child control that a user can add to the page: a standard Calendar control. The CatalogZone and CatalogPart control will only be visible when the user switches the page to catalog display mode.

The page also contains a WebPartZone control, and within its child <zonetemplate> element is an AdRotator control that displays alternating messages from an XML file. If a user closes the control by clicking its close verb when the page is displayed, the control is added to the page catalog, and the user can reopen the control by switching the page into catalog display mode, accessing the PageCatalogPart control, and adding back the closed control.

<%@ Page Language="C#" %>
<%@ register TagPrefix="uc1" 
  TagName="DisplayModeMenuCS" 
  Src="DisplayModeMenuCS.ascx" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" 
"http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

<script runat="server">

  protected void Button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
  {

    Label1.Text = "<h3>DeclarativeCatalogPart Property Values</h3>" +
      "Display Title: " + DeclarativeCatalogPart1.DisplayTitle + 
      "<br />" + 
      "Description: " + DeclarativeCatalogPart1.Description + 
      "<br />" + 
      "Chrome type: " + DeclarativeCatalogPart1.ChromeType.ToString();
  }

  protected void WebPartManager1_DisplayModeChanged(object sender, 
    WebPartDisplayModeEventArgs e)
  {
    Label1.Text = String.Empty;
    if (WebPartManager1.DisplayMode == WebPartManager.CatalogDisplayMode)
      Button1.Visible = true;
    else
      Button1.Visible = false;
  }
</script>
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
<head runat="server">
    <title>CatalogPart Samples</title>
</head>
<body>
  <form id="form1" runat="server">
    <asp:WebPartManager ID="WebPartManager1" runat="server" 
      OnDisplayModeChanged="WebPartManager1_DisplayModeChanged" />
    <uc1:DisplayModeMenuCS ID="DisplayModeMenu1" runat="server" />
    <asp:WebPartZone ID="WebPartZone1" runat="server">
      <ZoneTemplate>
        <asp:AdRotator ID="AdRotator1" runat="server" 
          AdvertisementFile="~/quotes.xml" 
          Title="Favorite Quotes"  />         
      </ZoneTemplate>
    </asp:WebPartZone>
    <asp:CatalogZone ID="CatalogZone1" runat="server">
      <ZoneTemplate>
        <asp:DeclarativeCatalogPart 
          ID="DeclarativeCatalogPart1" 
          runat="server"
          Title="Controls to Add"
          ChromeType="TitleOnly"
          Description="Provides a list of controls that users can
            add to the page.">
          <WebPartsTemplate>
            <asp:Calendar ID="Calendar1" runat="server" 
              Title="My Calendar" />         
          </WebPartsTemplate>
        </asp:DeclarativeCatalogPart>
        <asp:PageCatalogPart ID="PageCatalogPart1" runat="server" />
        <asp:importcatalogpart id="ImportCatalogPart1" runat="server" />
      </ZoneTemplate>
    </asp:CatalogZone>
    <hr />
    <asp:Button ID="Button1" runat="server" 
      Text="Display DeclarativeCatalogPart Properties" 
      OnClick="Button1_Click" 
      Visible="false"/>
    <br />
    <asp:Label ID="Label1" runat="server" Text="" />
  </form>
</body>
</html>

The third part of the code example is the XML file. This file is a source file for the AdRotator control that is declared on the page. The file contains favorite quotations, which the control periodically rotates and displays. Copy the following content into a text editor, and save the file as Quotes.xml.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<Advertisements>
  <Ad>
    <AlternateText>
      A stitch in time saves nine.
    </AlternateText>    
  </Ad>
  <Ad>
    <AlternateText>
      A penny saved is a penny earned.
    </AlternateText>    
  </Ad>
</Advertisements>

To run the code example, load the Web page in a browser. Use the Display Modes drop-down control to select Catalog and switch the page to catalog display mode. Notice the effects of the various property values that were set on the DeclarativeCatalogPart control that contains the Calendar control. You can select the check box next to the Calendar control, and click Add to add it to the page. If you click the Display DeclarativeCatalogPart Properties button, the values of the properties for that control are displayed. You can click Close to return the page to normal browse mode and see the added control on the page. Now go to the verbs menu on the AdRotator control (represented by the downward arrow in the title bar) and click Close. The control is closed and added to the page catalog. Switch the page into catalog display mode again, and click the Page Catalog hyperlink to display the PageCatalogPart control. Note that the AdRotator control is referenced there by its title, Favorite Quotes. Select the Favorite Quotes control, and click the Add button to add the control back to the page. Click the Close button to return the page to browse mode.

NoteNote

The ImportCatalogPart control is also declared on this page, but a sample showing how to import controls is more involved, so full use of the control is not demonstrated in this code example. To see a full working example, see the class overview documents for the ImportCatalogPart class or the CatalogZone class.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 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.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.
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