Ajax() datasource, but want all data in one request

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  1. Jay
    Jay avatar
    73 posts
    Member since:
    Dec 2011

    Posted 02 Jun 2015 Link to this post

    So, I've got a grid configured as such

    .DataSource(dataSource => dataSource
         .Read(read => read.Action("_readData", "Data", new { Id= Model.Id })))
    .Scrollable(scrolling => scrolling.Enabled(true))
    .Pageable(paging => paging.Enabled(true)
                     .Messages(m => m.Display("Total Records: {2}")))

    In the _readData() method of my controller, all data is retrieved and returned and the Total Records displayed reflects that.

    var data = ReadData();
    DataSourceResult result = data.ToDataSourceResult(request);
    return Json(result);

    However, the grid itself only displays 250 (the PageSize) items, even though all the items were returned, and nothing else gets displayed.

    If I set Virtual(true) on the scrollable, then the grid will call out to the server again as I scroll, and once again all items data is retrieved, but it seems to only make use of the returned items PageSize at a time -- each time I scroll more than that, it calls back to the server to once again get all items, etc.

    I thought ServerOperation(false) would tell the grid that all data will be requested through a single request so it wouldn't have to call back to the server each time.

    The only thing I've found to work is to set PageSize(100000) (with or without virtual scrolling and with or without ServerOperation doesn't seem to affect it) to ensure that the number of items displayed is all the data that was returned, which in this case is only about 3000. This works, but seems pretty hacky.

    Is there a better way to accomplish what I want?

  2. Answer
    Rosen avatar
    3253 posts

    Posted 05 Jun 2015 Link to this post

    Hello Jay,

    Indeed, setting the ServerOperation to false should request all of the data and apply the operations such as paging, sorting, grouping and filtering in-memory. Thus, with the configuration in question, the DataSource should get all of the available data and the Grid widget should show the first page (the first 250 records). Than when paged it should display the next page, if there is such, without hitting the server. From the provided description and if I have understood correctly, you are not getting this behavior. Is this correct?

    However, in case you just want to display all of the available records you will need to remove the DataSource pageSize option and disable the paging by removing the Pageable option from the Grid.

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  3. Jay
    Jay avatar
    73 posts
    Member since:
    Dec 2011

    Posted 05 Jun 2015 Link to this post

    Hi Rosen. Thanks, that's what I needed! Removing the pageSize and Pageable settings, together with including ServerOperation(false), gave me the behavior I wanted, that is, all items are returned in one request and sorting etc does not hit the server again. Thanks again!

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