if (control.GetType() == typeof(Button))
Button button = (Button)control;
button.Visible = (bool)item.IsVisible;
button.Enabled = (bool)item.IsEnabled;
else if (control.GetType == typeof(TextBox))
TextBox textBox = (TextBox)control;
textBox.Visible = (bool)item.IsVisible;
textBox.Enabled = (bool)item.IsEnabled;
.... (n number times) for each and every required control type. This solution above could have 100s of lines for all the control types that require support.
See a simplified and more elegant alternative below that I came up with, using reflection - it ends up with just 2 lines rather than 10s or hundreds as seen in the previous approach...
/// Populate the secured items listing, and apply visible/disabled properties on each.
public void SecureControls()
ManagerContext db = new ManagerContext();
//Grab list of controls for current page
Control contentControl = this.Master.FindControl("BodyPlaceHolder");
List securedItems = db.Manager.SecuredItem.GetSecuredItemByPageName(this.PageName);
Control control = null;
//Set visible and enabled property; enabled property set based on reflection to control type
foreach (SecuredItem item in securedItems)
control = contentControl.FindControl(item.ControlName);
control.Visible = (bool)item.IsVisible;
if (control.GetType().GetProperty("Enabled") != null)
Another alternative to this approach is to custom controls with a standard interface e.g. ISecuredItem but this requires more work because all controls have to have a custom implementation.