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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

The SiteMap.SiteMapResolve event is set to cause major headaches in ASP.NET 2.0 development. Jeff Prosise talks about the need for the event in a post entitled “Cool ASP.NET 2.0 Programming Trick”. Jeff appears to be taking the wrong approach.

As ASP.NET developers we are accustomed to wiring up events to methods in our Page derived classes. However, SiteMapResolve is a global (defined as public and static) event on the SiteMap class and will fire when resolving a node for any page in the application, not just the subscribing page. Also, we aren’t used to unsubscribing to events in ASP.NET but SiteMapResolve, being a root, will hold on to any references we hand off through a delegate until the universe collapses, or the AppDomain unloads, whichever happens first.

The best solution to work with SiteMapResolve is going to involve a singleton or static class. The best solution I have so far appears to be unfortunately very messy.

Dan Elleson Saturday, December 3, 2005
No joke.
I have just encountered this very problem and it is a major design flaw. The usefulness of this event would be much, however the usefulness of the event being static is almost none in any case that springs to mind including my current dilema. This is painful.
Dan Monday, March 20, 2006
what if I do
RemoveHandler SiteMap.SiteMapResolve, AddressOf Me.SiteMapModify
inside the handler?
scott Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Dan: The danger is that two pages could subscribe to the event at the same time. When the event fires, each page will get the event twice, once for itself, and once for the other page. I don't see an easy way to handle that type of race condition.
Oskars Podans Thursday, June 15, 2006
i'm desperate about this :(
scott, could you share with your workaround?
though i do not like anything messy.
the best way is to look for another solution not involving SiteMapResolve event.
i'm afraid this leads to writing custom site map provider
Sina Ebadi Wednesday, September 13, 2006
SiteMapResolve was so shaky for me too, and it had a messy implementation in our application. Do you know any better SiteMap like tool for asp.net?
Gravatar Bernadett Librecz Tuesday, February 2, 2010
what about Page_Unload?
protected void Page_Unload(object sender, EventArgs e) {
SiteMap.SiteMapResolve -= new SiteMapResolveEventHandler(YOUR FUNCTION);
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