I receive this message today in Visual Studio when trying to get at the Request object of a web page and it stumped me for a bit, since it did not represent what the actually problem was. "The name 'Request' does not exist in the current context"
I had this code in the Page_Load event:
if (Request("myFlag")=="1") DoSomething();
Since I had seen similar code elsewhere and I was in a Page_Load I was pretty sure I had the Request object available to me.
I tried going at the base page. I tried using "this". None of them worked.
As I flipped things this way and that I had something pop up that made me realize I had wrapped the parm of the Request object in parenthesis instead of brackets. Once I changed that it fixed the problem.
if (Request["myFlag"]=="1") DoSomething();
The error message was misleading. While a method named Request was not in the current context, the problem actually was that I was using an object like a method. I will admit that I probably made this mistake because I bounce back and forth between VB and C#. Perhaps developers that exclusively do C# and Java would not be tripped up by this.