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AJAX Data Return - Handling Out of Order Responses

Posted on 2006-05-24
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Last Modified: 2011-09-20
Ok Here's the question:  I have a data display page that takes a set of criteria and returns data from a database based on that search criteria.  My problem is that if I make a request that will take 15 seconds to return, then realize it was a mistake and make a request that only takes 1 second to return I hit an overwriting issue.

The 1 second request will complete first and return the data it was supposed to, but then the 15 second request returns and improperly overwrites all of the data from the 1 second request.  What is the best way to handle this to make sure I'm not allowing out of order returns to squash the data I really want?

It's all Javascript based so please keep reponses to Javascript.  Thanks!
Question by:skacore
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Jens Fiederer earned 2000 total points
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One common method to deal with this is sending serial numbers in requests, which get returned with responses.
Store the maximum serial number handled.
When a response gets back to you, ignore it unless it has a higher serial number than the current maximum.
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by:Jens Fiederer
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Maybe my most points for least effort!

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