Scott Hanselman

Binary Fortress Software's ASP.NET ViewState Helper - A Treasure Trove of Tools

February 22, '07 Comments [2] Posted in ASP.NET | Reviews | Tools | ViewState
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I was working on some demos here at Corillian and I needed to check the size of the ViewState on a page. There's lots of ways and lots of tools that can help you do this. Certainly FireFox's Web Developer Toolbar, while not specific to ViewState, can help you analyze a page.

Nikhil Kothari's Web Development Helper is also very good at this, but requires a little more setup and ASP.NET 2.0. An awesome tool, though.

I stumbled on Binary Fortress Software's ASP.NET ViewState Helper (their support forum is brand new, but if you have trouble go there).

What a slick tool! A 300k download, and works on ASP.NET from the outside - by futzing with IE's object model. It watches you surf and collects statistics. You can then double click on any of the pages and view the decoded ViewState.

I like a tool that does its job, doesn't run inside of IE (I've had it with Browser Helper Objects), and gets out of the way when I'm done. Recommended. This tool is a very useful addition to your c:\utils.

(BTW, their Web Performance Monitor has promise too, but I haven't looked at it yet).

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Friday, February 23, 2007 8:36:29 AM UTC
Great!!!
Thanks a lots
Friday, February 23, 2007 8:56:12 AM UTC
When i need such infos, i normally let it track by the application itself. so you can write it into the db, logging or just as an debug info.
for the viewstate i did that....
http://www.code4ward.net/cs2/blogs/cmn/archive/2006/05/23/Get-The-Size-of-the-ViewState-in-AspNet.aspx
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