Posted by : Deepak Vasudevan Monday, November 27, 2006

A Quick Tool To Peek at the View State

The most coveted and valuable feature in ASP.NET is the automatic page state persistence across roundtrips to the same page (what we call as postbacks). This is achieved by storing the required data as encoded base 64 string in the hidden field called __VIEWSTATE. ViewState, technically is a StateBag implementation.

At times we might need to inspect what is stored at that point of time in this Page StateBag (ViewState). The following tools come as quick and effective remedies for us.

  1. ViewState Decoder from PluralSight
  2. Check out the appropriate version since the website has separate decoders for 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0 frameworks.

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