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ASP.NET Site Performance Secrets by Matt Perdeck

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AJAX-type grids

A common requirement is to show data in the form of a grid, and to allow the visitor to update the data. ASP.NET provides the GridView control for this purpose. It is reasonably flexible and feature-rich, but doesn't perform well because every update by the visitor leads to a page refresh. It can also generate a lot of ViewState overhead. If you receive a lot of traffic to pages using GridView controls, consider replacing them with AJAX-type grids. Because these submit changes asynchronously, you'll wind up with greater responsiveness and reduced bandwidth usage.

When it comes to implementing an AJAX-type grid, you have a number of options:

  • Use a simple readymade, free, and lightweight grid control
  • Buy a grid control with lots of ...

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