Solved

Auto Saving

Posted on 2004-09-30
10
238 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-15
Afternoon members.

Ok here is a tricky one for you. I have a form that gathers information from user, lets say that the users get half way in filling out the form then decide to go for lunch, on returning from lunch they called into an emergency meeting. On return to their machine, they realize that their session has timed out and all the work they did earlier has vansihed.

Can you see where I am leading - Is there anyway of automatically saving information at a given interval?

Cheers

Wayne
0
Comment
Question by:watherton
10 Comments
 
LVL 15

Expert Comment

by:praneetha
ID: 12191087
no i don't think so...unless you write some javascript which fires after certain time and saves the data...

but i don't know how to do it only if the form in inactive(like some one filled it and is idle for that long)

may be timer should restart everytime there is a key press in the form...

good luck
0
 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:AvonWyss
ID: 12191886
I assume you're talking of an online form. Well, this should not time out if the server timeouts are set up correctly (session state timeout). If you use, for instance, a timeout of 24h, they can even leave it overnight without running into a problem...

Forms without session state, but with viewstate don't suffer this problem at all.
0
 

Author Comment

by:watherton
ID: 12191914
Avonwys cheers, but what if they turn their machine off, or close the browsers, how do i auto save the info that is already there?
0
Live: Real-Time Solutions, Start Here

Receive instant 1:1 support from technology experts, using our real-time conversation and whiteboard interface. Your first 5 minutes are always free.

 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:AvonWyss
ID: 12191927
Make the components do postbacks...
0
 

Author Comment

by:watherton
ID: 12191965
Thats just does not make sense, I have over thirty different textboxes/labels etc and setting all of them to do a postback is suicidal!
0
 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:AvonWyss
ID: 12192012
Depends. If the server is on the LAN, it may be OK. Another solution would be to group items to "wizard"-style pages...
0
 

Author Comment

by:watherton
ID: 12192193
can you explain further on the above point "Wizard-style"
0
 
LVL 14

Accepted Solution

by:
AvonWyss earned 125 total points
ID: 12192661
Well, split your form into multiple steps (can be on the same form programmatically, just show/hide as appropriate), and have next/back buttons for navigation. So the user would only have to refill the last used wizard page.
0
 
LVL 9

Expert Comment

by:msdixon
ID: 12192771
"Avonwys cheers, but what if they turn their machine off, or close the browsers, how do i auto save the info that is already there?"

sometimes we can't save them from themselves. if they're that stupid, they deserve to loose the data.

i like the latest coment... splitting up the form into several steps.
0
 

Author Comment

by:watherton
ID: 12194833
yeah, sounds like a winner, maybe I should  cool it a bit on the user friendly side.

Thanks guys.
0

Featured Post

Live: Real-Time Solutions, Start Here

Receive instant 1:1 support from technology experts, using our real-time conversation and whiteboard interface. Your first 5 minutes are always free.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
C# parent child form 5 28
InputLanguage 1 25
List<PaisEntity> - show some 1 24
Can I command line build a C# application? 6 30
Calculating holidays and working days is a function that is often needed yet it is not one found within the Framework. This article presents one approach to building a working-day calculator for use in .NET.
It was really hard time for me to get the understanding of Delegates in C#. I went through many websites and articles but I found them very clumsy. After going through those sites, I noted down the points in a easy way so here I am sharing that unde…
This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to censor certain areas of your screen. The example in this video will show a little boy's face being blurred. This will be demonstrated using Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.
Finds all prime numbers in a range requested and places them in a public primes() array. I've demostrated a template size of 30 (2 * 3 * 5) but larger templates can be built such 210  (2 * 3 * 5 * 7) or 2310  (2 * 3 * 5 * 7 * 11). The larger templa…

776 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question