ASP.NET C# periodically updating website value from SQL

Posted on 2014-08-11
Last Modified: 2014-08-12

I have a website which is displaying data from an SQL database. The data in the database is updated about once every second. At the moment I am using a timer on the website to execute a stored procedure which gets the new value from the database, and then updates the value on the site using an UpdatePanel. The timer "ticks" every 0,8 seconds.

I want the value on the website to be as close to "real-time" as possible, and I was wondering if this is the most effective way of doing this?

Is it possible of "push" the value from the SQL database directly to the website when a new value is inserted into the table using a database trigger?
Question by:poultarp
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    by:Luis Pérez
    As far as I know, you can't do that. Note that the value you're showing into your website is taken from SQL Server, so when you show the value it's the right, exact value stored in the database in that moment.

    Why do you want to do "fine tuning" in this? Is the way you're using to get the value time-expensive? Is there a heavy delay from the moment in which the value is stored in SQL to the moment in which is shown in your website?
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    Hi Luis

    Using the timer works as it should. I was just wondering if there was a way to do this with having to run a stored procedure ever 0,8 second.

    I know you can trigger events in the SQL database using triggers, and I was just wondering if it was possible to update a website value from SQL.
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    Well, I think there's not way to "push" value directly from SQL Server to a web site.

    Think that a user viewing your web site has made a request to your site. That request has been intercepted by your code and you can do many things in response (for example, reading a value from SQL by calling a stored procedure) and, finally, you send the response to the client. So, directly from SQL Server, how do you publish the value to the web site? To what client/s?

    Actually, you're using the best method to do this based on yourk knowledge of your business rules (the value in SQL changes every second).

    Hope that helps.

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