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  • 11 February 2008

    Session Keep-Alive Web Control

    Visual Studio project structure overview

    Session expiration in ASP.NET is a nasty problem. Imagine yourself filling a long form, hitting submit then boom you get the login page! That happened to me before and probably happened to you.

    This problem doesn’t have an out-of-box solution in ASP.NET and there are different appraoches to solve it.

    1. Increasing the session time out. Probably you are aware of the cons of this problem which are mainly consuming more server resources.
    2. Having an image or an iframe that refreshes regularly and requests the server. This approach is a per page approach and you can select the pages to implement it on.

    Personally, I’ve been using the second approach for a long time and didn’t have any problem with it. However, I made it more reusable, not to mention “cleaner”, by making it a web control.

    If you are just interested in using the control then you can skip to the last section “Using the Control.”

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