how does Request.QueryString work?

The HttpRequest class represents the request made to the server and has various properties associated with it, such as QueryString.

The ASP.NET run-time parses a request to the server and populates this information for you.

Read HttpRequest Properties for a list of all the potential properties that get populated on you behalf by ASP.NET.

Note: not all properties will be populated, for instance if your request has no query string, then the QueryString will be null/empty. So you should check to see if what you expect to be in the query string is actually there before using it like this:

if (!String.IsNullOrEmpty(Request.QueryString["pID"]))
    // Query string value is there so now use it
    int thePID = Convert.ToInt32(Request.QueryString["pID"]);

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