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Composite Control sequencing question

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I have a simple composite control (below) that renders a list of
words/phrases. I am adding words to the control within the Page_Load()
method of the containing page's code-behind (also below).

The control renders my word list fine for the initial request, but not on
postback. On postback, no words are displayed. I've come to realize that
CreateChildControls() is invoked earlier during a postback: before
Page_Load(), when there are not yet any words to display.

So obviously Page_Load is a bad place to add words to my composite control.
I've moved the code that adds words to the control to OnInit(), and it works
fine there, since it always runs before CreateChildControls() runs.

Given all of the above, my question is: When using a composite control that
overrides CreateChildControls() to render itself, is it standard procedure
to set up the control (i.e. add words) during the Init phase of the cycle
versus the other phases? Or is there another way?

It sounds like I'm answering my own question here, but I'm a newbie to
ASP.NET and am curious about what "best practices" are with regard to server



| The composite control |

public class TestControl : WebControl, INamingContainer
ArrayList _testList = new ArrayList();

/// <summary>
/// Adds a word or phrase to _textList
/// </summary>
public void AddText(string text)

/// <summary>
/// Overridden a la Composite control technique.
/// </summary>
protected override void CreateChildControls()

Table table = new Table();
TableRow tr = null;

// Add each word/phrase within a new table row
foreach(string text in _textList)
tr = new TableRow();
cell = new TableCell();
cell.Controls.Add(new LiteralControl(text));


| Code-behind page |

public class Test : Page
private void Page_Load(object sender, System.EventArgs e)

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