Reusing custom web control in the same web control


I'm newbie in web development and of course I am actually trying to build my first page and I'd like to know if it is possible to make a custom webcontrol that will contain itself. Let's say I want to draw a folder hierarchy in treeview-like structure. I thought I could make a control that will display a folder and if this folder contains subfolders then for each the control will include itself. Is this even possible? What would you suggest me to do to?
Thanks in advance.
Tom Hagen
8/19/2004 7:35:33 AM 93655 articles. 6 followers. Follow

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If the control can have child controls, then I suppose it's possible. However, you might want to contain all the representative stuff in one instance, rather than recursively instantiating more and more of your control.

Peter Brunone
Do the impossible, and go home early.
8/24/2004 1:23:26 AM
Thanks Peter for your reply.

My idea was to instantiate a component for root of the disk (ie: C:). The component should display the lable C: and should also list the folders on the disk and for each of the folders instantiate itself again. And as it is instantiated for each folder it reads subfolders of this folder and instantiate itself for each of them again. And again, and again...
This was my idea. But I came to problem: How to create an instance?
Let say that i have a Folder.ascx which is The Component. First line states something like <@ Control Language=VB ClassName="Folder" ...>. And in its code in For loop I need to do:
Dim SubFolder as New Folder
SubFolder.Name = "<The name of folder I found>"
But it does not know Folder type!
Do you have an experience/idea how to achieve this?
Tom Hagen
8/24/2004 7:38:01 AM

Strictly speaking, that would be a 'user control', not a 'custom control' (and yes, the nomenclature gets even more confusing).
Honestly, I'm not sure how you'd do this in a user control. I'd be interested to hear what the best-practices people say about recursively calling a control like this... I'd still recommend doing all the searching in one control, since I don't see anything to be gained by having one control instance per folder.
Peter Brunone
Do the impossible, and go home early.
8/24/2004 5:06:59 PM
Yes, thanks for correcting me. As I wrote: I'm just starting with ASP and .NET. Until now I was Delphi programmer ... Still a lot confused with everything arround :)

The logic that I tried to draw comes just from my Delphi experience. To be honest I do not exactly need this logic, but for a DB application I'm trying to build, the tree-like loops seems to be the best. If anyone can show me any other way of solving it I would be very happy.
Tom Hagen
8/24/2004 6:08:27 PM

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