> >But I can still provide a link to all the data, yet
> >display one page at a time to the browser.
> There's the crux of the problem.  How do you do this?

I write a search "key" file from the search panel, with a unique
identifier (i get multiple people accessing same customer account
at same time). The sql returns 50, 100, 5000 records - I write them
to the key file, then have the next panel read/display the 1st 25 records,
and each panel's url has the ending "key#" and this user's unique
so when user clicks "next" they get the next 25. All this on a S10 server
73 cpw. No problem in eRPG. Tens of thousands or millions of records could
not work this way, but you could put the 1st x,xxx records in the search key
When you hit x,xxx, then re-execute search to get next x,xxx records.
I timestamp the key and delete search keys 24 hours old in a separate
Reorg file at 2am if not in use.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Buck Calabro" <Buck.Calabro@commsoft.net>
To: <web400@midrange.com>
Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2002 9:37 AM
Subject: RE: [WEB400] How to present large datasets on the Web?

> (this is a composite of several messages)
> >is it an option for you to show pieces of the phone
> >bill and not the entire 5000 right up front?
> That's how it's set up; a summary that the end-user will drill down into
> order to get details.  The interesting thing is that a commercial entity
> have tens of thousands of calls in the smallest breakdown (i.e. AT&T long
> distance, One Rate Plan).
> >What are your customers using the website
> >for, printing out a copy of the bill?
> No, they still get a paper copy of the bill (legal requirement).  This is
> for electronic presentation.  The trick is that most end-users' bills have
> only a few dozen long distance calls, but if we do not accommodate the
> commercial accounts we'll never sell it.
> >Does the Web person need to go through an RPG pgm
> >for security reasons?
> The idea was to re-use our existing business logic as much as possible.
> >Who would want to view an HTML page that big?
> A commercial customer looking to do a bunch of scans on phone numbers.
> before you ask, yes, it was presented as a requirement.  I countered with
> search engine.  We'll see how that turns out.
> >So, the best way to do that is to convert the
> >invoice into pdf format.
> This was floated as an option, but the customer wanted plain HTML.  I will
> suggest this option again; maybe the customer will listen to the voice of
> someone who has done this already...
> >Also provide a link to save the whole set in a .csv
> >file from the ifs. They can use it in Excel.
> That is an option being floated as well.
> >But I can still provide a link to all the data, yet
> >display one page at a time to the browser.
> There's the crux of the problem.  How do you do this?  JDBC?  Like I said,
> the original plan was to reuse as much of the existing RPG logic as
> possible.  In a Java ProgramCall with connexion pooling environment, I
> think I can rely on the same job running the "continued" request.  That
> client A runs the RPG program which does a SETLL and READE loop for 100
> records.  Client B runs the same RPG program which re-positions the file
> pointer and returns it's own set of 100 records.  Client A comes back
> for the next page...  In this environment I would have to supply the next
> key to the Java client I guess.  And what about 'page back?'  Sigh.
> >Implemented with Net.Data and SQLRPGLE programs. Net.Data
> >is also used to produce the html and csv pages in batch.
> >(Not called from the HTTP server, a job of its own on
> >a separate jobq in a separate sbs)
> Thanks Anton!  Do you have several jobs running in batch or just one?
> >If you have a few big customers that have to much data for a
> >web page, it may be better to transfer that data to their
> >computer, and let them process it localy.
> That's another good suggestion.  Everybody has been focussed on displaying
> the results in the web page, but this may be a better solution for the
> customer.  And even the small customer can choose to download...
> Thanks for the suggestions...  Good discussion!
>   --buck
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