Timer on Master Page causes child page life cycles to fire. Even though the Timer only triggers an update Panel.

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  1. Sintayehu
    Sintayehu avatar
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    Jan 2013

    Posted 30 Apr 2009 Link to this post

    I have a timer on my parent master page that checks for certain events and updates controls that I want through an updatePanel.

    I have numerous child pages that inherit from the master page.

    I get the desired effect of the timer checking for some event and updating the controls I specified.


    The undesired effect is the timer will go through the selected(In View) child page --- page life cycle.

     So if I have a code in  my


    Page_Init or


    Page_Load event handlers whatever is in them gets executed.

    Doesn't render the html because it is a call back and only updates the control I specified like I wanted but, It seems unnessary that It goes through the page lifecycle of the child page.

    I do logging in the methods I have in some of these page life cycle stages and If I happen to leave my user agent with a view of one of this pages, it will be logging every interval that the timer is set to. That is not desired.

    Here is a pseudo example 

    Master Page aspx  = Timer set to interval 30 sec , And Update panel with updatemode set to conditional

    Master code behind = Page_load checkforEvent and if true update the panel.




    Child page 1 inherits from Master page

    Page load = Do something specific to the page and nothing to do with timer , by the way log what you do


    Child Page 2 inherits from Master page

     Page load = Do something specific to the page and nothing to do with timer,by the way log what you do



    My expected result is ,

    Go through page load and other page life cycles of the of the master page but not the children.

    Apparently that is not the case.

    Question is, How Can I stop the timer from firing my child page event handlers??

    The sender in the page load of the child says it is the child page not the timer, so I cant say if timer skip what it usually does.

    I also can't set a flag in the master page , like a session var to flag the timer because in ASP.net the child fires before the Master.

    What to do,what to do?


  2. Sintayehu
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    Posted 04 May 2009 Link to this post

    Basically All I need is find a way to detect who the sender is on page load,

    Example ....

    Child page Page_load(object sender, Eventarg e)

    If (sender is not a Timer){
    Do the regular page load

    But I cant find a way to determine if the sender is a Timer!!! rather it comes in as the page it self.

    Someone suggested I use the scriptmanager's  is in async mode property but since I have my script manager in the master page, it would say I am in Async mode every time my ajaxified pages do a callback! So I can't use that.

    Thanx,  i am willing to experiment with any ideas out there.
  3. TonyG
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    Feb 2006

    Posted 10 May 2009 Link to this post

    I'm just starting to write code that uses a timer as you've described, so I'm also interested in a solution to the problem of having timers avoid collision with other control handlers. As to finding out who triggered the event and possibly avoiding life cycle events, I'm doing the following:
      string Source = "";  
      protected new void Page_Init( object sender , EventArgs e ) // overriding base class  
         Source = WhoFiredEvent();  
         // ...  
      protected new void Page_Load( object sender , EventArgs e )  
        // if user clicked menu, re-initialize page  
        if ( !Page.IsPostBack || Source.IndexOf("mnu") >= 0 )  
        { ... }  
      string WhoFiredEvent()  
         return Request.Form[ "__EVENTTARGET" ];  
         // TODO - may need to loop through Request.Form to find button or other controls  

    This code could be made more elegant and it's subject to errors if you happen to check for IndexOf a non-unique string, but it's a good start and it's versatile.  I use it to check for "pnl", "grd" and entire control names like "grdReportList".

  4. Shivek
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    May 2016

    Posted 11 Oct 2019 Link to this post

    Did anyone figure out how to handle this? 
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