Transferring Data between ASP.NET Web Pages

 In most of the Web Application, so many times it is required to pass/transfer data between pages or one page to another. Requirements like maintaining user preferences across the application, identifying user between transactions, correlating data based on previous page options etc, always leads programmers to write code to pass/transfer data from page to page.

There are several ways to accomplish the task to transfer data between pages. It can be a advantage to programmer to use these techniques according to their requirements other –wise selecting a inappropriate techniques in a situation may leads to wastage of time.

·         Data Transfer Techniques are:

·         QueryString

·         Cookies

·         Hidden Fields

·         View State

·         Session Variable

·         Application Variables

1.     Query String:

A query string is information that is appended to the end of a page URL. A query string is a collection of name/value pairs which are appended to a URL. They are separated from the location of the resource by a question mark ‘?. QueryString method has the advantage of using simple, do not use server resources; drawback is that the value passed will be displayed in the browser’s address bar, the risk of being tampered with.


Passing the Value from Page A.aspx



Getting the value from Page B.aspx

string varB = Request.QueryString["varA"].ToString();

2.     Cookies:

Cookie is a small text file sent by web server and saved by web browser on client machine. Cookies are created when a user's browser loads a particular website. The website sends information to the browser which then creates a text file. Every time the user goes back to the same website, the browser retrieves and sends this file to the website's server.

There are two types of cookies available in .Net

·         Non Persistent / Session Cookies

      ·         Persistent Cookies

Non Persistent / Session Cookies

Non Persistent cookies are stored in memory of the client browser session, when browsed is closed the non persistent cookies are lost.

Persistent Cookies

Persistent Cookies have an expiration date and theses cookies are stored in Client hard drive.

Syntax:Creating Cookies and Storing Value in it.

//Creating Object for HttpCookie Class and Named it "UserInfo"

   HttpCookie objCookie = new HttpCookie("UserInfo");

   objCookie["UserName"] = TextBox1.Text.ToString();

   objCookie["Password"] = TextBox2.Text.ToString();

   //Specified time limit for cookie to accessed

   objCookie.Expires = DateTime.Now.AddMinutes(30);


Getting Value from Cookie

HttpCookie objRequestRead = Request.Cookies["UserInfo"];

Response.Write(objRequestRead["UserName"] + " " + objRequestRead["password"]);

Cookies are stored for 24 hrs, if you have not specified any time limit for Cookies Expiration.

3.     Hidden Fields

ASP.NET allows you to store information in a HiddenField control. A hidden field does not render visibly in the browser, but you can set its properties just as you can with a standard control. When a page is submitted to the server, the content of a hidden field is sent in the HTTP form collection along with the values of other controls. A hidden field acts as a repository for any page-specific information that you want to store directly in the page. Hidden fields' data is submitted to the server only in HTTP post operation. The value is saved as a string and therefore in order to use it for other types you need to perform casting.


//Creating and Assigning value to Hidden Filed

<asp:HiddenField ID="HiddenField1" runat="server" Value="0"/>

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<asp:Button ID="Button1" runat="server" Text="Click" />

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<asp:Label ID="Label1" runat="server" Text="Counter :"></asp:Label>


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