How do I invoke a function using a button in coldfusion?

Posted on 2009-07-12
Last Modified: 2013-12-24
I have the following function which I need to invoke using a "download" button. The download button is located just below a cfgrid. The function will output an Excel file when supplied with data.

1. How do I invoke the function when a user clicks the download button?
2. How do I supply the full dataset and not just what is available in the current page of the cfgrid?
<cffunction name="generateExcel" output="Yes" access="remote">

		<cfargument name="theQuery" type="query">

		<cfargument name="columnList" type="string" default="">

		<cfargument name="mode" type="string" default="display">

		<cfargument name="theFilename" type="string" default="clients_admin.xls">


		<cfset var TAB = chr(9)>

		<cfset var i = 1>

		<cfset var headerArray = ArrayNew(1)>


      <cfquery name="getClientsAdmin" datasource="#THIS.dsn#">

	  		SELECT *

			FROM    Clients




        <cfquery name="getClients" datasource="#THIS.dsn#">


			FROM Clients WHERE owner = <cfqueryparam value="#SESSION.MM_Username#" cfsqltype="cf_sql_clob" maxlength="10"> 




		<cfsetting enablecfoutputonly="Yes">


		<!--- Dump all content before this fn call --->

		<cfcontent reset="yes">


		<!--- Use the full column list, if none is provided --->

		<cfif Len( ARGUMENTS.columnList ) IS 0>

			<cfset ARGUMENTS.columnList = ARGUMENTS.theQuery.columnList>



		<cfswitch expression="#ARGUMENTS.mode#">

			<cfcase value="display">

				<cfif NOT isdefined("REQUEST.headerDoneFlag")>

					<cfset REQUEST.headerDoneFlag = true>

					<CFHEADER NAME="Content-Disposition" VALUE="inline; filename=""#ARGUMENTS.theFilename#""">

					<CFCONTENT TYPE="application/msexcel">



			<cfcase value="save">

				<cfset guid = CreateUUID()>

				<cfset filename = GetDirectoryFromPath(GetCurrentTemplatePath()) & "temp_" & guid & ".xls">

				<cfset REQUEST.headerDoneFlag = true>

				<cfheader name="Content-type" value="application/octet-stream"> 

				<cfheader name="Content-Disposition" value="attachment;filename=""#ARGUMENTS.theFilename#""">

				<cfsavecontent variable="output">

					<cfset generateExcel( ARGUMENTS.theQuery, ARGUMENTS.columnList, "save" )>


				<cffile action="WRITE" file="#filename#" output="#output#">

				<cfcontent type="application/msexcel" file="#filename#" deleteFile="Yes">


			<cfcase value="debug">




				<cfthrow message="Mode must be either 'display', 'save', or 'debug'.">




		<!--- Write the header row --->

		<cfloop index="i" from="1" to="#ListLen( columnList )#">

			<cfset item = Trim( ListGetAt( columnList, i ) )>

			<cfset headerArray[ ArrayLen( headerArray )+1 ] = item>





		<!--- Write all the sub rows --->

		<cfloop query="ARGUMENTS.theQuery">


			<cfloop index="i" from="1" to="#ArrayLen( headerArray )#">

				<cfset dbVal = Trim( ARGUMENTS.theQuery[headerArray[i]][CurrentRow] )>

				<cfif IsDate( dbVal )>

					<cfset dbVal = DateFormat( dbVal, "mm/dd/yyyy" )>


					<cfset dbVal = replaceList(dbVal,"#TAB#,#chr(10)#,#chr(13)#"," , , ")>









		<cfif ARGUMENTS.mode EQ "debug">




		<cfsetting enablecfoutputonly="No">


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Question by:futr_vision
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Expert Comment

ID: 24834978
use cfjaxproxy onclick event.

Author Comment

ID: 24835010
Thanks. But my problem is that i am extremely new to ColdFusion and cfjaxproxy is greek to me.  I'll need a little more detail on how to accomplish this.
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Author Comment

ID: 24835062
Hmmm. Doesn't look like what I am trying to do. All I really need is the code and the place to put it to hook this function up.

Author Comment

ID: 24835858
Looking at this a little further i don't think cfajaxproxy will work for me. My download link/button is outside of the grid and needs to return the entire recordset. To me this simple means creating a way of calling the function and passing query data to it for it to do its thing. I just don't know how to do it.

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futr_vision earned 0 total points
ID: 24836295
Here is where I am at. I have some code that invokes the function and a cfc with the function. The invoke is pasted below and the function is in my original message except it is surrounded by the cfcomponent tag.
<cfquery name="customerDownload" datasource="THIS.dsn">

	Select *

	From Customers


<cfinvoke component="CFC.ExcelDownload" method="generateExcel">

	<cfinvokeargument name="theQuery" value="#customerDownload#">


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