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From Gabor Apati-Nagy <>
Subject RE: CLOUDSTACK-6543 Sorting the domain list in UI
Date Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:18:19 GMT
Well, thanks Abhinandan, I have just noticed I did not emphasize that I was not talking about
the GUI in general or any other screens. What I talked about is only that one specific dropdown
where users can select a domain on the Advanced Search panel. 

Definitely, for the UI in general this is not right approach. For many screens, api calls,
we already use pagination, server side sorting - what is good practice. 
For this dropdown though, I wouldn't say we should change the API, because sorting at GUI
side is easy and would work fine.

Sorry for the confusion.


-----Original Message-----
From: Abhinandan Prateek [] 
Sent: 19 December 2014 01:23
Subject: Re: CLOUDSTACK-6543 Sorting the domain list in UI

We should give it some more thought as UI side sorting is limited in its capability in case
the data is huge and there is pagination.
There could be some default ordering that API’s implement. On top of it we could further
have UI/javascript level sorting and searching.

> On 18-Dec-2014, at 10:47 pm, Mike Tutkowski <> wrote:
> +1 on GUI-side sorting (ideally it would be nice if we could sort by
> clicking a column header in a table...maybe some reasonable column 
> header would be selected by default for each table)
> On Thursday, December 18, 2014, Gabor Apati-Nagy < 
>> wrote:
>> My point here is: unless the API supported sorting as a parameter, we 
>> should not rely on any expected sorting done by the API. It is really 
>> the presentation layer's job to show the results in an order it wants 
>> to. So instead of changing the API, I would suggest let's just sort it at UI side.
>> I see why sorting by name would be good in some cases, but if the 
>> same names exist in different domains it could easily become 
>> confusing. Or it can be even more confusing if someone tries to find 
>> something by hierarchy
>> - not knowing it's exact name, but knowing where it should be.
>> As a future feature, there could be a "browse domains" or similar 
>> selector where a popup could show them in a searchable grid or 
>> similar where users could search by name for instance.
>> So I am +1 for sorting at UI side and -1 for changing to "Name (Path)"
>> format. And +1 for having the same format everywhere.
>> Thanks,
>> Gabor
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Remi Bergsma [ 
>> <javascript:;>]
>> Sent: 18 December 2014 12:16
>> To: <javascript:;>
>> Subject: Re: CLOUDSTACK-6543 Sorting the domain list in UI
>> Hi,
>> The reason I’ve put the name upfront is because it allows for easy 
>> navigation using a keyboard. But I see your point.
>> About the format, it is not consistent now, as most lists display the 
>> path whereas others display just the name (which is really not what you want).
>> For example when dedicating a zone to an account. I'd suggest 
>> changing then all to the same format.
>> As an alternative, would sorting it at the API level be better? Then 
>> we wouldn’t have to do it client side and we’d only have to change it 
>> at one place only.
>> Regards,
>> Remi
>> On Dec 18, 2014, at 12:46 PM, Andrija Panic < 
>> <javascript:;>> wrote:
>>> +1 for sorting - somwhat painfull to find domains in current situation...
>>> On 18 December 2014 at 11:35, Gabor Apati-Nagy 
>>> < <javascript:;>>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> I think sorting would be good to have, but I would not change the 
>>>> display format because that would remove hierarchy (as a sorting
>> criteria).
>>>> Wouldn't it be good to sort just by path? (To me sorting looks like 
>>>> an improvement, changing the format is more like a change that may 
>>>> cause problem for some.)
>>>> Cheers,
>>>> Gabor
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: Remi Bergsma [ 
>>>> <javascript:;>]
>>>> Sent: 18 December 2014 08:40
>>>> To: <javascript:;>
>>>> Subject: CLOUDSTACK-6543 Sorting the domain list in UI
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> In our employee cloud most of our employees have their own Domain 
>>>> to spin up machines. Since we have 150+ domains and the lists are 
>>>> unsorted, it is very hard to find the one you need. The order 
>>>> returned by the API is the order they were added.
>>>> Without any knowledge of the CloudStack UI, I decided to spend some 
>>>> spare time on this, to figure out a way of fixing this issue. I 
>>>> succeeded, as in my dev environment it now shows alphabetically 
>>>> ordered lists. Although, I discovered that the javascript code that 
>>>> does the select for the domains is on many places in the code base 
>>>> (25+
>> occurrences, with 3 or so variations).
>>>> Am I supposed to fix this "ordering" on all these occurrences or am 
>>>> I missing something?
>>>> First, I fixed it on the most obvious parts that bother us most:
>>>> 36
>>>> 00f16acac61085a1fa50
>>>> This I have verified works well.
>>>> Then did a search and altered the others as well:
>>>> 12
>>>> 50dc8682739b8728952b
>>>> This I still need to test/verify.
>>>> Before I proceed, could you let me know if this is the way to fix 
>>>> it (without refactoring the whole thing into a single shared function).
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Remi
>>> --
>>> Andrija Panić
> --
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