WebClass/Javascript record locking issues

The Scenario,

I have an Intranet application and a web page which populates a form with a db record's data, and sets the db record to locked. On submit, or cancel, this lock is freed.

However, if the user, closes the web page, or the web page loses visibility (Back/Front) then the lock should be freed. This event can be caught in the OnUnload event, but how can I create a dummy webitem to free the record and continue with the users original event??

Any advice could be a possible life saver!
mm_glebeAsked:
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b1xml2Connect With a Mentor Commented:
do not use the OnUnload event. You will have to use the onBeforeUnload event! It is safer. You can also use the Window_OnBlur() event which fires when the window loses focus/visibility as you put it.

Frankly, you should not be locking the record. You should put a timestamp for the client to receive in the record. So when the client tried to upload , if the timestamp does not match, he will be shown the newer record and ask if he still wants to push thru his changes.

The web(Intranet or otherwise) should have a disconnected approach lest your web application suffers and you have to waste precious time and money trying to fix a problem which should never have arisen in the very first place. =)
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mm_glebeAuthor Commented:
Thanks b1xml2.

Generally I would agree with the optimistic locking response, but the project is nearer conclusion and it's too late in the day for any real changes.

Using the locking method, do you know of anyway of freeing the lock by firing a WebClass webitem on the OnBeforeUnload event?
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b1xml2Commented:
you could fire a webclass webitem by opening another window and performing your server-side scripts there to free the lock.
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per recommendation

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