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ChuckASP March 7th, 2010 01:29 PM

Chapter 8 Quick VB question
On page 284 in the NavigateURL property, _navigateUrl is defined as an Object and then 'cast' using CType as a String. Why can't _navigateUrl be defined as a String? Is it because ViewState is a property object an thus the object has to be cast as a String to return it?


Imar March 7th, 2010 01:33 PM

Hi Chcuk,

Yes, that's correct. ViewState stores Objects which enables you to store any type of object in it (as long as it can be serialized). When you store it, you know you store, say, a string. So the underlying object is really a string, but exposed as an object (as ViewState only understands objects). In order to get it back as the type you're expecting, you need to cast it.

Hope this helps,


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