How do I force a label to show and hide during a long javascript function

Posted on 2015-01-09
Last Modified: 2015-01-16
Hi all,
I have a jQuery web site that has a function that takes a few seconds to run.
During this time the page can become unresponsive.
I would like to indicate that it is doing something with a simple show/hide of a DIV
I have tried this:

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But it does not get to processing the show before the page becomes unresponsive.

Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

Best regards,

Question by:jatkin
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Expert Comment

by:Rikin Shah
ID: 40539988

You can include a timeout for some 1 or 2 seconds.. till the data is loaded.
or put the same in $(document).ready function.
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by:Rainer Jeschor
Rainer Jeschor earned 250 total points
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question: is this run on page load? Or is it run after another event (button click ...)?
What does your DIV lookalike?
Normally your code should work.
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by:Tom Beck
Tom Beck earned 250 total points
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This looks like a Knockout.js function call. If it is, surely Knockout.js has some built-in functionality for letting you know when a task is complete. Just a quick look at their documentation, I see this: this.isDone = ko.observable(data.isDone);

If I'm right, then show the "refreshing" label, call the Knockout task and wait for the "done" signal to turn off the label.
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jatkin earned 0 total points
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Hi all,

okay, thanks for all the input..
Tom, you are correct, this is knockout.

The overall solution I have actually come up with is to carry out the action Asynchronously:

var theFunction = [];

function PeriodicallyCalledFunction()
        theFunction.cmd = 'GetSomething'; = JSON.stringify({LoginName:AppViewModel.user_session.loginName,SessionID:AppViewModel.user_session.sessionID});
        theFunction.contentType = 'application/json; charset=utf-8';
        theFunction.type = 'POST';
        theFunction.onSuccess = function(o)
            var arr1 = AppViewModel.page_model.mydata();
            var arr2 = o.ajaxdata.newdata;
            var s1 = JSON.stringify(arr1);
            var s2 = JSON.stringify(arr2);
            if (s1 != s2)
                async(doUpdate, arr2, function () {

    function async(fn, param, callback) { 
        setTimeout(function() { 
        }, 0); 

    function doUpdate(obj) { 

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This seems to work pretty well...

Any problems with this method?
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Expert Comment

by:Tom Beck
ID: 40540599
None that I can see.

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ID: 40553077
I have marked to solution as the answer and awarded the points between Tom & Rainer as these pointed me in the right direction. Hope this is okay.

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