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Solutions With The VirtualPathProvider

Thursday, April 5, 2007

The VirtualPathProvider is one of the ASP.NET pieces I looked at when 2.0 was new. I suspected then that the VPP would need a little time, but would eventually be the centerpiece of some clever solutions.

Adam Kahtava has documented a number of issues he has with ASP.NET 2.0 Themes. Adam has worked around these issues by using a VirtualPathProvider. See the article descriptively entitled: "A Resolution to The Problems with Themes, Skins, and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) - Putting the Cascades back into ASP.NET 2.0 Themes (taking control over CSS Cascades / Load Order, Media Types, and Overrides)"

Piyush Shah has devised an approach for sharing a master page across web applications by embedding the shared master page as a resource in an assembly. At run time, the VirtualPathProvider can serve up the master page from the assembly's manifest resource.

The VirtualPathProvider also works magic behind MSDN

Sahil Malik Thursday, April 5, 2007
Hey man, MOSS2007 uses VPP :)
gw Friday, April 6, 2007
Yup, MOSS uses VPP to serve up pages from the DB. I suspect we will see it a lot in the CMS field...
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