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Old February 20th, 2004, 06:04 PM
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I want to always know the last order number assigned (plus some other variables)and assumed that by assigning it to an application variable I would accomplish this. I find, however, that these variables are cleared from time to time so I assume an application times out after awhile and is started anew. I suppose this means that I must write code within global.asa (Application_OnEnd) to save the variables to a disk file and code in Application_OnStart to read them in and reset them as Application variables. Before I begin doing this I thought I'd check my assumptions with someone who has already encountered and solved this need.

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Hi there,

Yes, your assumptions are correct. Depending on your OS, IIS is restarted every now and then (for example, Windows Server 2003 has a setting that allows you to restart the application every xx minutes or hours, preventing possible memory leaks for example).

It's indeed a good idea to store this information in a text file, or in a database. If I were you, I wouldn't rely on on Application_OnEnd, but instead write the data to the file as soon as it is changed.

Check out the following article that describes this entire process. It uses a Hit Counter as an example, but basically you can save anything you want:


There is also a database version of the article, where the contents are stored in a database:




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