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State Management Examples

The code examples shown in Listings 1 through 5 demonstrate the use of application and state management within an application. For these examples, the timeout value for the session needs to be set to 1 minute.

Listing 1—Global.asax.vb

1  Imports System
2  Imports System.ComponentModel
3  Imports System.Web
4  Imports System.Web.SessionState
6  Public Class Global
7   Inherits System.Web.HttpApplication
9  #Region " Component Designer Generated Code "
11   Public Sub New()
12     MyBase.New()
14     'This call is required by the Component Designer.
15     InitializeComponent()
17     'Add any initialization after the InitializeComponent() call
19   End Sub
21   'Required by the Component Designer
22   Private components As System.ComponentModel.Container
24   'NOTE: The following procedure is required by the Component Designer
25   'It can be modified using the Component Designer.
26   'Do not modify it using the code editor.
27   <System.Diagnostics.DebuggerStepThrough()> _
28   Private Sub InitializeComponent()
29    components = New System.ComponentModel.Container()
30   End Sub
32 #End Region
34  Sub Application_OnStart(ByVal Sender As Object, _
35   ByVal e As EventArgs)
36   Application("Application Start Time") = Now.ToLongTimeString
37   Application("SessionCount") = 0
38   Application("RequestCount") = 0
39  End Sub
41  Sub Session_OnStart(ByVal Sender As Object, _
42   ByVal e As EventArgs)
43   Dim lngCount As Long
45   Application.Lock()
46   lngCount = CLng(Application.Get("SessionCount").ToString) + 1
47   Application("SessionCount") = lngCount
48   Application(Replace(System.Guid.NewGuid.ToString, "-", "")) = _
49    "Session " + Session.SessionID + _
50    " Started " + Now.ToLongTimeString
51   Application.UnLock()
52  End Sub
54  Sub Application_BeginRequest(ByVal Sender As Object, _
55   ByVal e As EventArgs)
56   Application.Lock()
57   Application("RequestCount") = _
58    CLng(Application("RequestCount").ToString) + 1
59   Application.UnLock()
60  End Sub
62  Sub Application_EndRequest(ByVal Sender As Object, _
63   ByVal e As EventArgs)
65  End Sub
67  Sub Session_OnEnd(ByVal Sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
68   Dim lngCount As Long
70   Application.Lock()
71   lngCount = CLng(Application("SessionCount").ToString) - 1
72   Application("SessionCount") = lngCount
73   Application(Replace(System.Guid.NewGuid.ToString, "-", "")) = _
74    "Session " + Session.SessionID + _
75     " Ended " + Now.ToLongTimeString
76   Application.UnLock()
77  End Sub
79  Sub Application_OnEnd(ByVal Sender As Object, _
80   ByVal e As EventArgs)
82  End Sub
84 End Class

Listing 2—WebForm1.aspx

1  <%@ Page Language="vb" AutoEventWireup="false" 
2   Codebehind="WebForm1.aspx.vb" 
3   Inherits="Chapter9.WebForm1"%>
5  <html>
6   <head>
7    <meta name="GENERATOR" content="Microsoft Visual Studio.NET 7.0">
8    <meta name="CODE_LANGUAGE" content="Visual Basic 7.0">
9   </head>
10  <body>
12   <form id="WebForm1" method="post" runat="server">
13   <table>
14    <tr>
15     <td valign=top>
16      Session ID
17     </td>
18     <td>
19      <% response.write(Session.SessionID) %>
20     </td>
21    </tr>   
22    <tr>
23     <td valign=top>
24      Application Contents
25     </td>
26     <td>
27      <asp:listbox id=lstSessions runat=server rows=15>
29      </asp:listbox>     
30     </td>
31    </tr>
32    <tr>
33     <td valign=top>
34      Session Timeout
35     </td>
36     <td>
37      <% response.write(Session.TimeOut) %>
38     </td>
39    </tr>
40   </table>
41   </form>
43  </body>
44 </html>

Listing 3—WebForm1.aspx.vb

1  Public Class WebForm1
2   Inherits System.Web.UI.Page
3   Protected WithEvents lstSessions As System.Web.UI.WebControls.ListBox
5  #Region " Web Form Designer Generated Code "
7   'This call is required by the Web Form Designer.
8   <System.Diagnostics.DebuggerStepThroughAttribute()> _
9    Private Sub InitializeComponent()
11   End Sub
13  Protected Sub Page_Init(ByVal Sender As Object, _
14   ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Init
15   'CODEGEN: This method call is required by the Web Form Designer
16   'Do not modify it using the code editor.
17   InitializeComponent()
18  End Sub
20 #End Region
22  Private Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, _
23   ByVal e As EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
24   Dim txtCount As New System.Web.UI.WebControls.TextBox()
26   Dim obj As IEnumerator
28   lstSessions.Items.Clear()
29   Application.Lock()
30   obj = Application.AllKeys.GetEnumerator
31   Do While obj.MoveNext
32    lstSessions.Items.Add(obj.Current.ToString + ": " _
33     + Application(obj.Current.ToString).ToString)
34   Loop
35   obj = Nothing
36   Application.UnLock()
37  End Sub
39 End Class

Listing 4—WebForm2.aspx

1  <%@ Page Language="vb" 
2   AutoEventWireup="false" 
3   Codebehind="WebForm2.aspx.vb" 
4   Inherits="Chapter9.WebForm2"%>
6  <HTML>
7   <HEAD>
8    <meta name="GENERATOR" content="Microsoft Visual Studio.NET 7.0">
9    <meta name="CODE_LANGUAGE" content="Visual Basic 7.0">
10   <META HTTP-EQUIV="Refresh" CONTENT="5">
11  </HEAD>
12  <body>
14   <form id="WebForm2" method="post" runat="server">
15   <table>
16    <tr>
17     <td valign=top>
18      Session ID
19     </td>
20     <td>
21      <% response.write(Session.SessionID) %>
22     </td>
23    </tr>   
24    <tr>
25     <td valign=top>
26      Current Time
27     </td>
28     <td>
29      <% 
30       response.write(Now.ToLongDateString)
31       response.write(" ")
32       response.write(Now.ToLongTimeString)
33      %>
34     </td>
35    </tr>   
36    <tr>
37     <td valign=top>
38      Application Contents
39     </td>
40     <td>
41      <asp:listbox id=lstSessions runat=server rows=15>      
43      </asp:listbox>     
44     </td>
45    </tr>   
46   </table>
47   </form>
49  </body>
50 </HTML>

Listing 5—WebForm2.aspx.vb

1  Public Class WebForm2
2   Inherits System.Web.UI.Page
3   Protected WithEvents lstSessions As System.Web.UI.WebControls.ListBox
5  #Region " Web Forms Designer Generated Code "
7   'CODEGEN: This procedure is required by the Web Form Designer
8   'Do not modify it using the code editor.
9   Private Sub InitializeComponent()
11  End Sub
13 #End Region
15  Private Sub Page_Init(ByVal sender As Object, _
16   ByVal e As EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Init
18   Dim obj As IEnumerator
20   Application.Lock()
21   obj = Application.AllKeys.GetEnumerator
22   Do While obj.MoveNext   
23    lstSessions.Items.Add(obj.Current.ToString + ": " _
24     + Application(obj.Current.ToString).ToString)
25   Loop
26   Application.UnLock()
27   obj = Nothing
28  End Sub
29 End Class

To start this application, first view the WebForm1.aspx page in a browser window. Next, open a new browser window and then open the WebForm1.aspx page again (don't use the menu option in your browser because the new browser will share the same session as the first browser). Now open the WebForm2.aspx page in a third new browser window. The WebForm2.aspx page has a header value that causes this page to be refreshed every 5 seconds:


When the window first opens, the Application Contents list box should indicate that three sessions have started. As this page refreshes, the request count increases. If you refresh one of the other browser windows, you'll notice that the request count increases. If you let the WebForm1.aspx browser windows remain idle for a full 60 seconds, the WebForm2.aspx page will reflect the shutdown of the sessions in the other two browser windows as well as in the first.

Figures 1 through 5 demonstrate the preceding examples.

Figure 1 The first WebForm1.aspx browser.

Figure 1 illustrates the first session being created as WebForm1.aspx is launched. Notice that the session count equals 1 and a unique session ID has been assigned to this session.

Figure 2 The second WebForm1.aspx browser.

Figure 2 illustrates a second session of WebForm1 being created. Notice that the application session count now equals 2. Also, a new unique session ID has been assigned to this second instance of the WebForm1.aspx file.

Figure 3 Initial WebForm2.aspx browser output showing three active sessions.

Figure 3 illustrates the first instance of the WebForm2.aspx file. This is the first instance created of the WebForm2.aspx file, but it's the third session created for the application. Notice in the Application Contents box that the session count is now equal to 3. This Application Contents box also displays each current session's unique identifier (session ID) with the start time of when the session was created. These IDs and start times can be cross-referenced with the previous figures.

Figure 4 WebForm2.aspx browser output after the initial two sessions have ended due to timing out.

Figure 4 illustrates the timing out of the two WebForm1.aspx sessions. As mentioned earlier, if we let the browsers stay idle for the timeout period (set to 1 minute in this example), the browsers will time out and their sessions will end. Figure 4 illustrates in the Application Contents box that the session count is now 1. This last active session is the WebForm2.aspx session. Also notice that the session IDs of the active session and the closed sessions, with their corresponding start times, are listed in the Application Contents box. This box also displays the newly closed session IDs and end times of the initial WebForm1 sessions.

The following list contains code snippets seen in the previous listings. These bullets illustrate code integral in our previous State Management example.

Creates a new globally unique identifier (GUID)

Application(replace(System.Guid.NewGuid.ToString, "-", "")) = "Session " + Session.SessionID + " Started " + Now.ToLongTimeString
  • Data type conversion

  •     lngCount = CLng(Application.Get("SessionCount").ToString) + 1
  • Locking and unlocking the Application object

  • 	Application.Lock()
        Application("RequestCount") = _
        CLng(Application("RequestCount").ToString) + 1
  • Retrieving session properties

  • 	<% response.write(Session.SessionID) %>
    	<% response.write(Session.TimeOut) %>
  • Looping through the items in the application collection

  • 	Dim obj As IEnumerator
    	obj = Application.AllKeys.GetEnumerator
    	Do While obj.MoveNext
    	lstSessions.Items.Add(obj.Current.ToString + ": " + Application(obj.Current.ToString).ToString)
    	obj = Nothing

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