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Large Viewstate and an optimized solution for it

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Mostafa Anoosheh
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Mostafa Anoosheh asked on 15 Jun 2006, 02:45 PM

Hello,
In some pages of Telerik site we can see large viewstate.
you can simply send viewstate to end of pages for faster download & better indexing in search engines.

My suggestion based on 2 posts from scott
1. Google AdSense and ASP.NET View State
2. Using a Base Class to Fiddle with a Page's Rendered Output
you can use this base class that the ASP.NET pages in your application extend for optimizing output of pages in your site.

using System.IO;
using System.Web.UI;

/// <summary>
/// Summary description for OptimizedBasePage
/// </summary>
public class OptimizedBasePage : Page
{
 protected override void Render(HtmlTextWriter writer)
 {
  StringWriter stringWriter = new StringWriter();
  HtmlTextWriter htmlWriter = new HtmlTextWriter(stringWriter);
  base.Render(htmlWriter);
  
  string html = stringWriter.ToString();
  int StartPoint;
  int SLength;  
  //remove some invisible characters to compress output
  html = html.Replace("\t", "");// tabs
  html = html.Replace("  ", " ");// double spaces
  html = html.Replace(" />", "/>");// space before end of tags
  StartPoint = html.IndexOf("<input type=\"hidden\" name=\"__VIEWSTATE\"");
  if (StartPoint >= 0)
   // does __VIEWSTATE exist?
  {
   SLength = html.IndexOf("/>", StartPoint) + 2 - StartPoint;
   string ViewStateInput = html.Substring(StartPoint, SLength);
   html = html.Remove(StartPoint, SLength);
   int FormEndStart = html.IndexOf("</form>");
   html = html.Insert(FormEndStart, ViewStateInput);
  }
  writer.Write(html);
 }
}

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Mostafa

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Ivelina Ganeva
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answered on 16 Jun 2006, 08:13 AM

Hi Mostafa,

Thank you for your suggestion.
We're currently working on the optimization of telerik.com which includes optimization of T-SQL queries, cache, fast output of pages.

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Ivy
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Mostafa Anoosheh
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answered on 16 Jun 2006, 08:54 AM
Hello Ivy,
Thanks for reply & good news.
I want to reffer you to another link that make better performance for paging.
A More Efficient Method for Paging Through Large Result Sets 


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Mostafa
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Vassil Petev
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answered on 16 Jun 2006, 09:58 AM
Thanks again, Mostafa, for your dedication to help us. We will review the links provided. Please, let us know if you feel our site needs improvements in the future - we are open to all suggestions.


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Ivy
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Mostafa Anoosheh
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answered on 07 Aug 2006, 02:55 AM
Hello Ivy

Thanks for implement viewstate suggestion.

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Mostafa
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answered on 10 Nov 2006, 12:52 PM
Hi Mostafa
I would like to implement the base class code you've suggested into my website (Built upon DNN) but I am afraid that I will crash some functionalities, specially that it is not me the main developer who developed the site, so I am afraid to ruin something by removing the ViewState hidden field value.
Please advise me.
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Mostafa Anoosheh
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answered on 11 Nov 2006, 08:51 AM
Hello Hanan,
you can make class like this:
using System.IO;  
using System.Web.UI;  
 
/// <summary> 
/// Summary description for OptimizedBasePage  
/// </summary> 
public partial class OptimizedBasePage : Page  
{  
    protected override void Render(HtmlTextWriter writer)  
    {  
        StringWriter stringWriter = new StringWriter();  
        HtmlTextWriter htmlWriter = new HtmlTextWriter(stringWriter);  
        base.Render(htmlWriter);  
          
        string html = stringWriter.ToString();  
        int StartPoint;  
        int SLength;  
        string ViewStateInput = "";  
        StartPoint = html.IndexOf("<input type=\"hidden\" name=\"__VIEWSTATE\"");  
        if (StartPoint >= 0)  
            // does __VIEWSTATE exist?  
        {  
            SLength = html.IndexOf("/>", StartPoint) + 2 - StartPoint;  
            ViewStateInput = html.Substring(StartPoint, SLength);  
            htmlhtml = html.Remove(StartPoint, SLength);  
            int FormEndStart = html.IndexOf("</form>");  
            htmlhtml = html.Insert(FormEndStart, ViewStateInput);  
        }  
          
        writer.Write(html);  
    }  

and use it.

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answered on 11 Nov 2006, 11:11 AM
Mostafa
But you didn't asnwer my main question. Will removing the ViewState ruin any functionality that I don't know?
Also another question, isn't it affecting the performance to do this removing process before rendering the page?

Please advise.
Thanks
Hanan
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answered on 12 Nov 2006, 09:21 AM
Hello Hanan,
I don't work with DNN. but i think DNN use same approch.
About performance:
We have a site with about 200,000 users and average 1100 online users and we use this solution to make better client rendering for pages but performance related to your server.

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Mostafa
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