ControlDesignerInitialize Method

Initializes the control designer and loads the specified component.

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

public override void Initialize(
	IComponent component
virtual void Initialize(
	IComponent^ component
) override
override Initialize : 
        component:IComponent -> unit
Public Overrides Sub Initialize (
	component As IComponent



The control being designed.


The Initialize method is called by the design host to complete the following actions:

  • Load the control designer with the component to design.

  • Set up the view on the control using the SetViewFlags method.

  • Verify that the associated control is of the right type.


The following code example demonstrates how to use a control class and a control designer class that override the Initialize method to initialize internal variables.

using System;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.Design;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;

namespace AspNet.Samples
    // Create a custom class to render the Text property
    [Designer(typeof(SimpleDesigner)), DefaultProperty("Text"), 
    ToolboxData("<{0}:Simple runat=\"server\"></{0}:Simple>")]
    public sealed class Simple : WebControl
        public Simple()
        { }

        // Create a Text property
        [Browsable(true), Bindable(true), 
        public string Text
                object o = ViewState["TextProp"];
                return (o == null) ? "Sample Text" : (string)o;
            set { ViewState["TextProp"] = value; }

        // Render the text inside the control
        protected override void RenderContents(HtmlTextWriter writer)

namespace AspNet.Samples
    //Create a designer class for the Simple control
    public sealed class SimpleDesigner : ControlDesigner
        // Declare a reference to the Simple class
        private Simple simpleControl;

        public SimpleDesigner()
        { }

        public override void Initialize(IComponent ponent)

            // Get a reference to the control
            simpleControl = (Simple)ponent;

            //Set Text to the control's ID
            simpleControl.Text = simpleControl.ID;

        // Allow resizing the control in the design host
        public override bool AllowResize
                return true;

        public override string GetDesignTimeHtml()
            if (simpleControl.Text.Length > 0)
                string spec = "<a href='{0}.aspx'>{0}</a>";
                return String.Format(spec, simpleControl.Text);
                return GetEmptyDesignTimeHtml();
' Create a designer class for a custom class,
' named Simple.
Imports System
Imports System.ComponentModel
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Web
Imports System.Web.UI
Imports System.Web.UI.Design
Imports System.Web.UI.WebControls
Imports System.Security.Permissions
Imports AspNet.Samples

Namespace AspNet.Samples

   Public NotInheritable Class SimpleDesigner
      Inherits System.Web.UI.Design.ControlDesigner
      ' Declare a reference to the Simple class
      Private simpleControl As Simple

      ' Create a constructor for the designer class
      ' When an instance of the designer is created,
      ' the Text property of the instance of a Simple control
      ' is set to the designer's ID property.
      ' the designer is called.
      Public Sub New()
        simpleControl = CType(Component, Simple)      
        simpleControl.Text = Me.ID
      End Sub

      ' Override the Initialize method to ensure
      ' that the designer is always working with
      ' an instance of the Simple class.
      Overrides Public Sub Initialize( _
       ByVal component As IComponent _

        If Not (component Is simpleControl)
                throw new ArgumentException( _
                 "The component must be an instance of the Simple class.", _
        End If


      End Sub

      Overrides Public ReadOnly Property AllowResize As Boolean
          Return True
        End Get
      End Property

      Public Overrides Function GetDesignTimeHtml() As String
         ' Component is the instance of the component or control that
         ' this designer object is associated with. This property is 
         ' inherited from System.ComponentModel.ComponentDesigner.
         simpleControl = CType(Component, Simple)

         If simpleControl.Text.Length > 0 Then
            Dim sw As New StringWriter()
            Dim tw As New HtmlTextWriter(sw)

            Dim placeholderLink As New HyperLink()

            ' Put simpleControl.Text into the link's Text.
            placeholderLink.Text = simpleControl.Text
            placeholderLink.NavigateUrl = simpleControl.Text

            Return sw.ToString()
            Return GetEmptyDesignTimeHtml()
         End If
      End Function

      ' Override the OnControlResize method to
      ' set the IsDirty property to true and
      ' call the UpdateDesignTimeHtml method.      
      Overrides Protected Sub OnControlResize()
        Me.IsDirty = True
      End Sub

   End Class
End Namespace
Version Information
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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