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From Wendy Smoak <>
Subject Re: Record locking
Date Tue, 01 Nov 2005 22:22:51 GMT
On 11/1/05, Murray Collingwood <> wrote:

> The scenario is very simple:
> 1. User A clicks an "edit" option to edit a record.
> 2. While user A is editing the record user B clicks the same "edit" option
> 3. Both users are now editing the same record (or so they think)
> 4. User A clicks "save" and the record is updated and displays the changes
> made by
> user A - user A is happy
> 5. User B clicks "save" and these changes overwirte the changes made by
> user A,
> however user B doesn't know this and the changes made by user B appear.

Trying to hold real database-level record locks from a web interface is just
asking for trouble. The user wanders away, the connection drops...
meanwhile, no one else can get to that record.

I'm in a situation where I have to work around a telnet app that thinks it
is the only thing accessing the database. I calculate a checksum when I read
a record, and then check again before writing the record back. If the
checksum has changed, then someone else touched the record (most likely from
the telnet interface) and the web-user loses.

This happens in the data access layer, Struts doesn't know anything about it
other than being configured to handle a RecordModifiedException.


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