ASP.NET SSI Server Side Includes

Use SSI directives in ASP.NET web pages. See example markup.

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SSI directives can be used on IIS. They can include static resources in your ASP.NET website project. We explore details of server-side-include use and processing in ASP.NET pages.

First, SSI is not an ASP.NET technology, but server-side includes are supported on IIS. The following comment, in an ASP.NET aspx file, will tell the server (IIS) to insert the text of the file Style1-min.css where the HTML comment is.

The example snippet shows the "file" attribute. It points directly to the file "Style1-min.css" that is located in the Style folder at the root of the web project, relative to the page.
Also: The other option you can add to the #include is virtual, which uses virtual paths.
Include example <!-- #include file="Style/Style1-min.css" -->

Uses. SSI directives are not great for many situations. Use them only for including static resources into .aspx pages. I decided on SSI as a good solution. I used it for including CSS markup into HTML headers.
Note: These CSS files needed to be minified, and the #include can include the minified files.
And: In the resulting HTML, a style tag will contain the contents of Style1-min.css. The IIS server, not ASP.NET, handles SSI.
SSI statement example <style type="text/css"><!-- #include file="Style/Style1-min.css" --></style>

Differences. SSI is essentially a macro that can greatly ease development effort on our part. You can duplicate SSI with a web user control. But that is much bulkier and is likely much slower. Here we examine some differences.

I investigated SSI. Microsoft provides a solid foundation article. I learned that the file system cache on IIS can make SSI extremely fast, and that by bypassing managed code, it is hard to beat performance-wise.Dynamically Include Files: microsoft.com
SSI differences Lines of code: SSI: 1 ASP.NET control: More than 20 Caching: SSI: File system cache on IIS7 ASP.NET control: Memory or output cache Control tree: SSI: Literal controls added ASP.NET control: Custom controls added Assemblies: SSI: 0 ASP.NET control: One assembly Managed code: SSI: None ASP.NET control: All

Styles. Minified style sheets are basically "compressed" CSS, which is important for performance of a site. I have shown the include before. This code shows how to insert a preprocessed style sheet into a style tag in HTML (an aspx file).
Inline style sheets <%-- Style tags in an ASPX page's head element. --%> <style type="text/css"><!-- #include file="Style/Style1-min.css" --></style> <style type="text/css"><!-- #include file="Style/Style2-min.css" --></style>

Summary. We used SSI to optimize performance on both client and server. The example here results in a simpler control tree for ASP.NET. It will yield a smaller page for browsers that download the resource.
And: This enhances modularity. File-caching on IIS alleviates any overhead of SSI.


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