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Old February 11th, 2004, 02:21 PM
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Default Is there a similar .epl file function in .NET

Hi Everyone,

I've been devloping sites on a UNIX box with HTML, PERL, EmbPerl and Mod_Perl. I hope someone here is familiar with using the .epl files in EmbPerl. That file basically modulates the web pages for the browser. The .epl file tells the server to load (for example...) header.html, then navigation.html, then the main page, then the footer.html file.

I know about web controls and web user controls in .NET, but I still have to place the controls in every page I create. An .epl file allows me to just create the content of the specific page and not worry about placing the controls in every page.

So, sorry to confuse anyone, BUT...Is there anything in the .NET architecture that can accomplish the same thing. In other words is there a modular epl-type technology for .NET?

Thanks for any help!!

Old February 11th, 2004, 09:20 PM
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Currently, no. ASP.net 1.x doesn't support this. However ASP.net 2.0 will using what's called Master Pages. You can use a modified version of MasterPages in ASP.net 1.x but from what I've seen it's kind of clumsy.

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In the mean time, you could use SkeletonCore. It's an assembly I came up with to do the very thing you need. Basically, you create a "BasePage" which defines the template or "Skeleton" of your site, like an .epl file. Then each regular ASP.net page inherits from it and becomes part of the layout. Take a look at the article for it which explains in much more detail how it works. You can download it there as well. (Yes it's free.)
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This looks really awesome! You may have seen I already downloaded it and am working on it right now. So far so good. Your help files got me through some questions and I think I'm going to use it in my next design.

Thanks again!!

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