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StateItem Class

Represents an item that is saved in the StateBag class when view state information is persisted between Web requests. This class cannot be inherited.


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

Public NotInheritable Class StateItem

The StateItem type exposes the following members.

Public propertyIsDirtyGets or sets a value indicating whether the StateItem object has been modified.
Public propertyValueGets or sets the value of the StateItem object that is stored in the StateBag object.

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 methodGetHashCodeServes as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)

View state is the accumulation of a page's or an ASP.NET server control's property values and is sent to the requesting browser in a hidden field.

You can explicitly add StateItem objects to an ASP.NET server control's StateBag object using either the Item property or the Add method. The StateBag then tracks changes to all the items that it stores. Any changes to a StateItem object are reflected in its IsDirty property. These changes are saved by a call to the SaveViewState method during the save view state phase of server control processing, just before the control is rendered to the page. For more information, see ASP.NET Web Server Controls.

The following code example uses the Value and IsDirty properties of the StateItem class to save the state of a simple custom ASP.NET server control class, StateBagSample. When the page has posted to the server, the IsDirty property checks whether the item has been modified. The state values are displayed by accessing the Value property.

' Create a namespace that contains a class, MyItem,
' that implements the IStateManager interface and 
' another, MyControl, that overrides its own view-state
' management methods to use those of MyItem.
Imports System
Imports System.Web
Imports System.Web.UI
Imports System.Collections
Imports System.Security.Permissions

Namespace StateBagSampleVB

    ' Create a class that implements IStateManager so that
    ' it can manage its own view state.   

    <AspNetHostingPermission(SecurityAction.Demand, _
       Level:=AspNetHostingPermissionLevel.Minimal)> _
    Public NotInheritable Class MyItem
        Implements IStateManager
        Private _message As String

        ' The StateBag object that allows you to save
        ' and restore view-state information.
        Private _viewstate As StateBag

        ' The constructor for the MyItem class.
        Public Sub New(ByVal mesg As String)
            _message = mesg
            _viewstate = New StateBag()
            _viewstate.Add("message", _message)
        End Sub 'New

        ' Create a Message property that reads from and writes
        ' to view state. If the set accessor writes the message
        ' value to view state, the StateBag.SetItemDirty method
        ' is called, telling view state that the item has changed. 

        Public Property Message() As String
                Return CStr(_viewstate("message"))
            End Get
            Set(ByVal value As String)
                _message = value
                _viewstate.SetItemDirty("message", True)
            End Set
        End Property

        ' Implement the LoadViewState method. If the saved view state
        ' exists, the view-state value is loaded to the MyItem 
        ' control. 
        Sub LoadViewState(ByVal savedState As Object) Implements IStateManager.LoadViewState
            _message = CStr(_viewstate("message"))
            If Not (savedState Is Nothing) Then
                CType(_viewstate, IStateManager).LoadViewState(savedState)
            End If
        End Sub 'LoadViewState
        ' Implement the SaveViewState method. If the StateBag
        ' that stores the MyItem class's view state contains
        ' a value for the message property and if the value
        ' has changed since the TrackViewState method was last 
        ' called, all view state for this class is deleted, 
        ' using the StateBag.Clear method,and the new value is added.
        Function SaveViewState() As Object Implements IStateManager.SaveViewState
            ' Check whether the message property exists in 
            ' the ViewState property, and if it does, check
            ' whether it has changed since the most recent
            ' TrackViewState method call.
            If Not CType(_viewstate, IDictionary).Contains("message") OrElse _viewstate.IsItemDirty("message") Then
                ' Add the _message property to the StateBag.
                _viewstate.Add("message", _message)
            End If
            Return CType(_viewstate, IStateManager).SaveViewState()
        End Function 'IStateManager.SaveViewState

        ' Implement the TrackViewState method for this class by
        ' calling the TrackViewState method of the class's private
        ' _viewstate property.
        Sub TrackViewState() Implements IStateManager.TrackViewState
            CType(_viewstate, IStateManager).TrackViewState()
        End Sub 'IStateManager.TrackViewState
        ' Implement the IsTrackingViewState method for this class 
        ' by calling the IsTrackingViewState method of the class's
        ' private _viewstate property. 

        ReadOnly Property IsTrackingViewState() As Boolean Implements IStateManager.IsTrackingViewState
                Return CType(_viewstate, IStateManager).IsTrackingViewState
            End Get
        End Property

        ' Create a function that iterates through the view-state
        ' values stored for this class and returns the
        ' results as a string.
        Public Function EnumerateViewState() As String
            Dim keyName, keyValue As String
            Dim result As String = [String].Empty
            Dim myStateItem As StateItem
            Dim myDictionaryEnumerator As IDictionaryEnumerator = _viewstate.GetEnumerator()
            While myDictionaryEnumerator.MoveNext()
                keyName = CStr(myDictionaryEnumerator.Key)
                myStateItem = CType(myDictionaryEnumerator.Value, StateItem)
                keyValue = CStr(myStateItem.Value)
                result = result + "<br>ViewState[" + keyName + "] = " + keyValue
            End While
            Return result
        End Function 'EnumerateViewState
    End Class 'MyItem 

    ' This class contains an instance of the MyItem class as 
    ' private member. It overrides the state management methods 
    ' of the Control class, since it has to invoke state 
    ' management methods of MyItem whenever its own
    ' view state is being saved, loaded, or tracked.

    <AspNetHostingPermission(SecurityAction.Demand, _
       Level:=AspNetHostingPermissionLevel.Minimal)> _
    Public NotInheritable Class MyControl
        Inherits Control
        Private myItem As MyItem

        Public Sub New()
            myItem = New MyItem("Hello World!")
        End Sub 'New

        ' Override the LoadViewState method of the Control class.
        Protected Overrides Sub LoadViewState(ByVal savedState As Object)
            If Not (savedState Is Nothing) Then
                Dim myState As Object() = CType(savedState, Object())
                If Not (myState(0) Is Nothing) Then
                End If
                If Not (myState(1) Is Nothing) Then
                    CType(myItem, IStateManager).LoadViewState(myState(1))
                End If
            End If
        End Sub 'LoadViewState
        ' Override the TrackViewState method of the Control class
        ' to call the version of this method that was 
        ' implemented in the MyItem class.
        Protected Overrides Sub TrackViewState()
            If Not (myItem Is Nothing) Then
                CType(myItem, IStateManager).TrackViewState()
            End If
        End Sub 'TrackViewState

        ' Override the SaveViewState method of the Control class to
        ' call the version of this method that was implemented by
        ' the MyItem class.
        Protected Overrides Function SaveViewState() As Object
            Dim baseState As Object = MyBase.SaveViewState()
            Dim itemState As Object
            If Not (myItem Is Nothing) Then
                itemState = CType(myItem, IStateManager).SaveViewState()
                itemState = Nothing
            End If

            Dim myState(1) As Object
            myState(0) = baseState
            myState(1) = itemState
            Return myState
        End Function 'SaveViewState

        Public Sub SetMessage(ByVal mesg As String)
            myItem.Message = mesg
        End Sub 'SetMessage

        Public Function GetMessage() As String
            Return myItem.Message
        End Function 'GetMessage

        ' Display the contents of Message and ViewState properties. 
        Protected Overrides Sub Render(ByVal output As HtmlTextWriter)
            ' Track changes to  view state before rendering.
            output.Write(("Message: " + myItem.Message))
            output.Write("<br>Enumerating the view state of the custom control<br>")
        End Sub 'Render
    End Class 'MyControl
End Namespace 'StateBagSampleVB

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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.