I have this sample below:

<asp:Content ID="Content1" ContentPlaceHolderID="head" runat="Server">

    <script type="text/javascript">
function test(){

if (test.initialized=='undefined'){
    test.initialized = 'true';



<asp:Content ID="Content2" ContentPlaceHolderID="ContentPlaceHolder1" runat="Server">
    <asp:Button ID="btnPostBack" runat="server" Text="Post back" OnClientClick="test()" />

When I click post-back on the page, I found out that the variable initialized -which is defined on the function itself- is loosing its value and becoming 'undefined' again.

Is it possible to keep those static values once they are defined and make them unaffected from any post backs on the page?

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You could add them as a query string or keep them in a cookie.


Maybe you want to do something like this. I also think that you are confusing test function with test object.

var initialized = false;
function test(){
    if ( !initialized){
        initialized = true;
            alert(initialized); // false
            alert(initialized); //true

javascript is going to be re-executed on postback as the page reloads (unless you are using update panels).

to preserve a client side value, write the value into an asp hidden field using JS, and don't render the javascript if IsPostBack is true so that it doesn't get overwritten on postback

I think using partial-post back is a way as well.

If it is not possible, only by using Java script I think cookies can be another way as long as they are not turned of by the user.

My feeling is the best way is to design the page in a way that I would not need to store it :)

You could add a hidden field and set the value of this? I think this way it'll be preserved in the viewstate, and you can load its value back into your variable with something like:

var p = '<%=blah.Text%>';

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