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ASP.NET: Working with Query Strings

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In many cases we write our ASP.NET logic around query strings in order to show the right product page or what not.

The first thing we do is to check if the query string exists in the first place before we start using it. It could look like this:

if (Request.QueryString["id"] != null)
{
  // Do something with the querystring
}

The only problem with the above check to see if the query string is null, is that we don’t take into consideration if the query string is filled or not.

That could lead to unhandled exceptions in the code. Instead we should check for query strings like this:

if (!String.IsNullOrEmpty(Request.QueryString["id"]))
{
  // Do something with the querystring
}

Then there is the data type of the query string.

Our code might need an integer of 5 digits to get the right information from the database, so if we pass it a string we could end up with a data type mismatch exception.

So we do the check again more thoroughly:

if (!String.IsNullOrEmpty(Request.QueryString["id"]) && Request.QueryString["id"].Length == 5)
{
  // Do something with the querystring
}

Now we know that we get a query string suitable for further processing.

You can then do more precise data type checks using the TryParse method of most value types or by some other logic.

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Mads Kristensen currently works as a Senior Developer at Traceworks located
in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mads graduated from Copenhagen Technical Academy with a multimedia degree in
2003, but has been a professional developer since 2000. His main focus is on ASP.NET but is responsible for Winforms, Windows- and
web services in his daily work as well. A true .NET developer with great passion for the simple solution.

http://www.madskristensen.dk/

ASP.NET: Working with Query Strings
About Mads Kristensen
Mads Kristensen currently works as a Senior Developer at Traceworks located in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mads graduated from Copenhagen Technical Academy with a multimedia degree in 2003, but has been a professional developer since 2000. His main focus is on ASP.NET but is responsible for Winforms, Windows- and web services in his daily work as well. A true .NET developer with great passion for the simple solution.

http://www.madskristensen.dk/ WebProNews Writer
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  • http://nisheethpandya.blogspot.com Guest

     

    Nice one man,
    Keep it up.
     
    Regards,
    Nisheeth
  • Salman

    Thank you!

    It did help me :)

  • john

    thanks..

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