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From Ovidiu Predescu <>
Subject Re: continuation fear (was Re: [status & RT] design challenges)
Date Thu, 11 Apr 2002 18:03:23 GMT
On Thu, 11 Apr 2002 15:03:14 +0200, Mats Norén <> wrote:

> Can I use recursion with the flow controller?
> For instance (incorrect syntax):
> function getSearchCriteria(a, b, c) {
>      var URI = "showthreedropdowns_uri"
>      Array result = {a, b, c}
>      if (c == "") {
>           sendPage(URI, a, b, c);
>           result = getSearchCriteria(from_response_a,
> from_response_b,from_response_c)
>      }
>      return result;
> }
> getSearchCriteria("*", "", "");
> The idea is that the parameters are used in a pipeline which display a form
> with the dropdowns A, B, C.
> The option values are gathered from a database query with the parameters a,
> b, c.
> B depends on A, C depends on B.
> The initial values means that only A will be populated.
> When a selection is made in A a javascript posts the values back, B will be
> populated and C will remain empty.
> When a seletion is made in B, C will be populated and the innermost
> getSearchCriteria will return and then the second and then the first,
> hopefully containing three values for the criteria.
> Is this possible?

Yes, it is possible!

There's one change you'd need to do in the sample above is to put the
last line inside a function:

function showTree()
  getSearchCriteria("*", "", "");

You would then add an entry in the sitemap to call this function:

  <map:match pattern="...">
    <map:call function="showTree"/>

This provides the entry point in your application.

Also to pass the business data to the URI, you'd need to put all of it
in a single object, so it can be accessed from the page. I think a
dictionary would be the best thing, as you can retrieve from it using
simple XPath expressions. So the above sendPage line would look like

  sendPage(URI, {"a" : a, "b" : b, "c" : c});

In your XSP you'd access the values of a, b or c using:

  <jpath:value-of select="a"/>

and so on.

Hope this helps.

Ovidiu Predescu <> (GNU, Emacs, other stuff)

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