ASP.NET 2.0 Page Life-cycle

This table is from: http://www.csharper.net/blog/page_lifecycle_methods_in_asp_net_2_0.aspx

 

Method Postback Control
Constructor Always All
Construct Always Page
TestDeviceFilter Page
Used to determine which device filter is in place, and use this information to decide how to display the page.
AddParsedSubObject Always All
Notifies the server control that an element, either XML or HTML, was parsed, and adds the element to the server control’s ControlCollection object.
DeterminePostBackMode Always Page
Returns a NameValueCollection object that contains the data posted back to the page. The presence of the page hidden fields VIEWSTATE and EVENTTARGET is used to help determine whether a postback event has occurred. The IsPostBack property is set when the DeterminePostBackMode method is called.
OnPreInit Always Page
Called at the beginning of the page initialization stage. After the OnPreInit method is called, personalization information is loaded and the page theme, if any, is initialized. This is also the preferred stage to dynamically define a PageTheme or MasterPage for the Page.
OnInit Always All
Performs the initialization and setup steps required to create a Page instance. In this stage of the page’s life cycle, declared server controls on the page are initialized to their default state; however, the view state of each control is not yet populated. A control on the page cannot access other server controls on the page during the Page_Init phase, regardless of whether the other controls are child or parent controls. Other server controls are not guaranteed to be created and ready for access.
OnInitComplete Always Page
Called after page initialization is complete. In this stage of the page’s life cycle, all declared controls on the page are initialized, but the page’s view state is not yet populated. You can access server controls, but they will not yet contain information returned from the user.
LoadPageStateFromPersistenceMedium Postback Page
Uses the Load method of the System.Web.UI.PageStatePersister object referenced by the PageStatePersister property to load any saved view-state information for the Page object.
LoadControlState Postback All
Restores control-state information from a previous page request that was saved by the SaveControlState method.
LoadViewState Postback All
Restores view-state information from a previous page request that was saved by the SaveViewState method.
OnPreLoad Always Page
Called after all postback data returned from the user is loaded. At this stage in the page’s life cycle, view-state information and postback data for declared controls and controls created during the initialization stage are loaded into the page’s controls. Controls created in the OnPreLoad method will also be loaded with view-state and postback data.
OnLoad Always All
Notifies the server control that it should perform actions common to each HTTP request for the page it is associated with, such as setting up a database query. At this stage in the page lifecycle, server controls in the hierarchy are created and initialized, view state is restored, and form controls reflect client-side data.
RaisePostBackEvent Postback All
Notifies the server control that caused the postback that it should handle an incoming postback event.
OnLoadComplete Always Page
At this point in the page life cycle, all postback data and view-state data is loaded into controls on the page.
OnPreRender Always All
Notifies the server control to perform any necessary prerendering steps prior to saving view state and rendering content.
OnPreRenderComplete Always Page
At this stage of the page life cycle, all controls are created and the page is ready to render the output. This is the last event called before the page’s view state is saved.
SaveControlState Always All
Saves any server control state changes that have occurred since the time the page was posted back to the server. If there is no state associated with the control, this method returns a null reference. Custom controls using control state must call the RegisterRequiresControlState method on the Page before saving control state.
SaveViewState Always All
Saves any server control view-state changes that have occurred since the time the page was posted back to the server. If there is no view state associated with the control, this method returns a null reference.
SavePageStateToPersistenceMedium Always Page
Saves any view-state and control-state information for the page. The SavePageStateToPersistenceMedium method uses the Save method of the System.Web.UI.PageStatePersister object referenced by the PageStatePersister property to store view-state and control-state information for the page.
Render Always All
Initializes the HtmlTextWriter object and calls on the child controls of the Page to render. The Render method is responsible for creating the text and markup that is sent to the client browser. The default Render method calls RenderChildren to write the text and markup for the controls contained on the page.
OnUnload Always All
Used to do target-specific processing in the Unload stage of the control lifecycle. Typically, these are cleanup functions that precede disposition of the control.
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