Cache Using ObjectDataSource

by rbellantoni 8/26/2010 7:02:00 AM

I needed to bind a large dataset to a gridview, it also contained numerous calculations that slowed down the database call, so I wanted to implement caching for the gridview I was using. 

So I used the default Caching on the ObjectDataSource. Which works great and well except for when you want to programatically refresh the data (say a new filter to be added). Turns out you can actually do it.


First make sure that in Page Load you set the CacheKeyDependency if it isn't set (you can also manually set it on the aspx page as a property of the ObjectDataSource):

        if (!IsPostBack)
            //Create CacheKeyDependency if it doesn'tnot exists
            if (Cache[ObjectDataSource1.CacheKeyDependency] == null)
                Cache[ObjectDataSource1.CacheKeyDependency] = new object();

In your code whenever you want the Select() of your ObjectDataSource to fire or just rebind from the database make this call:

Cache[ObjectDataSource1.CacheKeyDependency] = new object(); 

This allows you to programatically renew/refresh your datasource at will while still retaining the Cache abilities for paging/sorting/grouping etc.



ListView vs Gridview

by rbellantoni 4/7/2010 8:43:00 AM

Some people may be wondering what is the difference is between a ListView and a GridView. In my opinion, the ListView is a much better tool in regards to displaying and manipulating data. With the ListView you use templates to design the different views. The first template is the with this template you can dictate where you want your datarows to show up and how you want your data laid out here is an example:

<asp:ListView ID="lvProducerPools" runat="server" onitemdatabound="lvProducerPools_ItemDataBound" onitemcommand="lvProducerPools_ItemCommand" DataKeyNames="PoolID,Locked_flag">
<div style="float:left;width: 1000px;overflow-x:auto;overflow-y:hidden;padding-top:5px; padding-bottom:15px;">
<table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="table-layout:fixed;height:18px;font-size:10pt;">
<tr style="height:18px;" id="itemPlaceholder" runat="server" />
<td id="poolLInk" style="width:175px;height:18px;background-color:#cdcdcd;border-right:1px gray groove; padding: 2px;" runat="server">
<asp:LinkButton ID="lnkLoadPool" runat="server"> <%# Eval("PoolName")%></asp:LinkButton>
<asp:Image ToolTip="Deals in this allocation have been locked" ID="imgLock" runat="server" Visible='<%# Eval("Locked_flag")%>' ImageUrl="~/images/lock.gif" />
<asp:Label BorderColor="#8c9bad" BackColor="White" Font-Bold="true" BorderStyle="Double" BorderWidth="2px" ForeColor="Black" Font-Size="10px" ID="lblImbalance" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("TLBalance")%>' >
<td id="poolLInk" style="background-color:#cdcdcd;border-right:1px gray groove; padding: 4px;" runat="server">

The ID for "itemPlaceHolder" is not by accident, this is the identifier row where your itemtemplate rows will be bound. The advantage to this is that you have FULL control of how the html is rendered from your datasource. Whereas in a gridview your stuck with the table column design of the layout. Additionally you can use the datapager control inside of the template to enable paging, which does not work with the Gridview Control.




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