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From "Paul McMahan (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Updated: (GERONIMO-1705) Use AJAX to provide for a progress bar when downloading a JDBC jar
Date Mon, 27 Mar 2006 18:47:48 GMT
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Paul McMahan updated GERONIMO-1705:

    Attachment: GERONIMO-1705.patch

Attaching a patch that provides an AJAX enabled progress bar on the JDBC driver download page.
See the attached screenshot (downloadProgress.2png) for a preview.

The progress bar is implemented as follows :
When the download form in the selectDownload.jsp portlet is submitted a request is sent to
the console application to begin downloading the driver from the remote location (this is
unchanged).  An object on the server (i.e. DownloadInfo) is updated while the download progresses
and is stored in the portlet's session.  An onsubmit javascript listener attached to the download
form periodically accesses the server via DWR to query the download progress stored in the
DownloadInfo object.  This javascript uses DHTML to update a progress bar underneath the form
as the download progresses. If the remote server provides the total download size (some don't,
e.g. postgres) then the progress bar shows % complete. Otherwise it just shows total Kb downoaded.
 As before, when the download completes the user is returned to the parameter collection screen.

1.)  As mentioned above a session object is used to pass information between the download
portlet and the DWR servlet. The JSR 168 Portlet Specification (PLT.15.4) states that Portlets
are supposed to be able to communicate information with other Servlets and JSPs that are part
of the same Portlet Application via their session. Pluto running on Jetty passes the information
as expected but Pluto running on tomcat does not. The workaround provided by tomcat is to
set "emptySessionPath=true" on the web container.  However, IMHO this workaround is not acceptable
because it is a server-wide setting that forces all webapps deployed in G to share the same
context for their sessions ("/").  i.e. the console should not require a specialized configuration
of the web container, especially one like this which could affect cross-context security and
complicate session usage.  Therefore, the best alternative is to tunnel requests for the DWR
servlet through a servlet in the portal application.  Turns out that this was the exact approach
taken in the patch provided for GERONIMO-973 where the security context established by the
console-framework application is passed to the console-standard application via such a tunnel.
Therefore the patch attached to GERONIMO-973 is a prerequisite of this patch. My understanding
was that GERONIMO-973 would be applied at some point in the future - if that's not the case
then I can attach the relevant parts of it to this JIRA.  See the following JIRA for more
information about this limitation in tomcat:

2.)  If this approach for providing progress indication is found acceptable then it can be
readily adapted to work in other parts of the console as well, such as uploading applications
or the recently added feature for downloading configurations.

3.)  While downloading the jar the Next and Cancel buttons are disabled.  If we want to leave
these buttons enabled during the download then the code running on the server should be enhanced
to support interrupted downloads (not hard to do, just didn't want to overload the first iteration
of this new function).

4.)  There are various existing issues in the database pool portlet that are not addressed
by this patch (errors from download timeouts, error if file already exists in repository,
etc).  Again, didn't want to overload this patch so we can address those issues in a separate

> Use AJAX to provide for a progress bar when downloading a JDBC jar
> ------------------------------------------------------------------
>          Key: GERONIMO-1705
>          URL:
>      Project: Geronimo
>         Type: Improvement
>   Components: console
>     Versions: 1.0
>     Reporter: Jeff Genender
>  Attachments: GERONIMO-1705.patch, downloadProgress2.png
> Use AJAX to provide for a progress bar when downloading a JDBC jar for the Download Drivers
portlet.  As it stands, for people who have slower connections, it currently can make them
think something is wrong with Geronimo because web page refresh takes too long.  A progrss
bar using AJAX can help keep the user up to date on the downloading progress.

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