13.2 Properties Reference


Integer = Application.Count

Returns an integer containing the number of items currently in the Application collection. The Count member is derived from the ICollection interface, which is implemented by the HttpApplicationState class.



An Integer variable that will receive the Count property value.


The example adds two values to the Application collection, displays the count of items in the Application collection, and then uses the Count property as a looping control value to display each item:

Sub Page_Load( )
   Application.Clear( )
   Application("foo") = "Hello, "
   Application("bar") = "World!"
   Message.Text = "The Application collection contains " & _
      Application.Count & " items: "
      Dim I as Integer
      For I = 0 To Application.Count - 1
         Message.Text &= Application(I)
End Sub


The Count property is new for ASP.NET. In addition to using the Count property for looping through the Application collection, you can use the property to keep track of how many items the Application stores at any given time. For example, you could write this information to a log for later review.


Object = Application.Item(ByVal name As String)
Application.Item(ByVal name As String) = Object
Object = Application.Item(ByVal index As Integer)
Application.Item(ByVal index As Integer) = Object

Returns or sets an Object associated with a particular name or index.



A variable of any type (since all .NET types are ultimately derived from object) that will receive or set the item's value.


A string argument containing the text key to apply to the item (or by which to retrieve the item).


An integer argument containing the index of the item whose value will be retrieved or modified.


The example sets the values of two items in the Application collection. If these items do not already exist in the collection, they will be added. The example then displays the two values.

Sub Page_Load( )
   Application.Clear( )
   Application.Item("foo") = "foo"
   Application.Item("foo2") = "foo2"
   Message.Text = Application.Item("foo") & "<br/>"
   Message.Text &= Application.Item(1)
End Sub


The Item property is accessed implicitly when using the syntax:

Application("foo") = "foo"

This syntax is often seen in classic ASP code. Explicitly referencing the Item property is not required, but listing it may make your code more readable and understandable than accessing it implicitly.

Note that an index may be used as an argument only when modifying a value, not when creating a new item, and the index must be less than the number of items in the Application collection, or an exception will be thrown.

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