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Hello experts,

I have project of survey containing 1000 questions. 25 questions per page. I want store the survey in database at last page. So how can I maintain the values since I need to store the value only after last page. Which strategy is better like Session, cache, querystring OR any else?

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I think the better idea is to store all the survey values  in a temporary table & when he finishes the last page you can insert then in your original table or you can save it in session object.

Hope it helps.
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I would store it question by question, then periodically in the database run a query to delete any questionnaires that were not finished completely.

How many questions are you actually presenting to the user in total, 25 out of 1000?

How are you storing the 1000 question you have now?
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by:sonawanekiran
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Thanks for you answers. I have tables for question and their options. I don't want to store in database periodically. We are showing all 1000 questions, 25 questions per page. I want to store in database when the user hits button "Complete Survey" which is at last page of survey. I can do this with temporary tables as @kswathi said. We can also do with session, cache objects. Whats the better idea? If I use session object and 1000 users doing the survey then is it feasible solutions to create 1000 session or cache objects for users. That is what I mean?
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1000 is a HUGE amount of questions.  I feel sorry for your users...!

Session/Cookies/Cache are no good because the object will be far too big with 1000 questions.   Therefore, use the database and create a table to hold the questions in progress.  So at the end of each page save (and I'm guessing your database structure) the userID, surveyID, questionIDs and answerIDs.
At the very end, copy all these into the proper database table to hold the answers and delete from the temporary table.

Note that you will also need some logic to check for abandoned surveys periodically.
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by:sonawanekiran
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Me too feel so sorry for end users but I couldn't help them :). Looks like you both guys recommend for temporary tables. Lets see what other experts suggest. Thanks!!!
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hi,

For the survey project are you using any wizard control to load the pages & questions appear??

if you are using a wizard control then you can create a data table and add values for each next page  & in last page you can commit to db using table valued parameters.
Hope it helps.
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Thanks!!!
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