Chapter 4 includes a chart of the five types of controls supported in ASP.NET: HTML controls, HTML server controls, web server controls, validation controls, and controls created by the developer. This chapter will discuss this last type of control, known as custom controls, and a subset of them called user controls.
are compiled controls that act, from
the client’s perspective, much like web (ASP)
controls. Custom controls can be created in one of three ways:
By deriving a new custom control from an existing control (e.g.,
deriving your own specialized text box from
asp:textbox). This is known as a derived
By composing a new custom control out of two or more existing
controls. This is known as a
By deriving from the base control class, thus creating a new custom
control from scratch. This is known as a
Of course, all three of these methods, and the three control types
that correspond to them, are variations on the same theme.
We’ll consider these custom controls later in this
chapter. The simplest category of custom controls is a subset called
usercontrols. Microsoft distinguishes user controls
as a special case because they are quite different from other types
of custom controls. In short,
user controls are segments of ASP.NET pages that can be reused from within other pages. This is similar to “include files” familiar to ASP developers. However, user controls ...