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Using reflection in an asp.net web page ... performance

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Am I out of my mind if I use Reflection everytime someone logs into our site
to get and track the current Major/Minor/Build/Revision version that the
person is viewing our site through? This information would then be logged
to a database along with some other information about the user.

Thanks in advance.

Mark
Nov 18 '05 #1
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If you are only doing it once, in the sessionstart or something like
that, then you arent crazy, unless you site is getting hundreds of new
users per second.

IE, if you are running amazon.com, this is a bad idea. If you are
running some little dinky site, you are probably fine, as long as you
don't get /.ed

You do mean the version of your app right, not the version of their
browser? There is a much better way to get their browser info, and in
fact reflection won't work at all for that purpose.

I would think it would be easy to tell which version of your own app
you have running on the server. Do you have a large farm or something
where there might be multiple versions deployed?

"Mark" <mf****@idonotlikespam.cce.umn.edu> wrote in message news:<#y**************@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl>...
Am I out of my mind if I use Reflection everytime someone logs into our site
to get and track the current Major/Minor/Build/Revision version that the
person is viewing our site through? This information would then be logged
to a database along with some other information about the user.

Thanks in advance.

Mark

Nov 18 '05 #2

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Hi Jason,

I'm sorry, but you might exaggerating the case just a little here. First
while reflection is slow compared to direct access or invokation it's not
THAT slow. For example, compare Reflection to a COM object invokation and
call in class ASP and it's outright fast.

Second, even if you don't use Reflection in your code, I'm sure there are
lots of places in the ASP.Net internal code as well in the .Net framework
itself that uses reflection to discover values dynamically at runtime.

I ran a few very simple tests just to verify that I'M not completely off my
rocker here, and sure enough adding a couple of reflection calls to even an
empty ASPX page resulted in nearly identical performance results in ACT. The
general variance of ACT in short tests actually had the reflection test
ahead in 1 of the tests - all the others were also very close with close 250
requests a second against the sample page.

THere's no doubt that relfection is slower than direct access, but there's
not even enough to worry about for making one or two Reflection per request.
You should worry about this for tuning in framework code that gets called
repeatedly and in a loop, but for single calls it's hardly a concern.

Regards,

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West Wind Technologies
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If you are only doing it once, in the sessionstart or something like
that, then you arent crazy, unless you site is getting hundreds of new
users per second.

IE, if you are running amazon.com, this is a bad idea. If you are
running some little dinky site, you are probably fine, as long as you
don't get /.ed

You do mean the version of your app right, not the version of their
browser? There is a much better way to get their browser info, and in
fact reflection won't work at all for that purpose.

I would think it would be easy to tell which version of your own app
you have running on the server. Do you have a large farm or something
where there might be multiple versions deployed?

"Mark" <mf****@idonotlikespam.cce.umn.edu> wrote in message

news:<#y**************@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl>...
Am I out of my mind if I use Reflection everytime someone logs into our site to get and track the current Major/Minor/Build/Revision version that the
person is viewing our site through? This information would then be logged to a database along with some other information about the user.

Thanks in advance.

Mark

Nov 18 '05 #3

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