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Alpha Nested Tabs with Embedded Grids (UX) - Slow Load

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  • Alpha Nested Tabs with Embedded Grids (UX) - Slow Load

    Hello everyone,
    We have a profile page (employee.a5w?eid=12345) that has a UX that represents an Employee Record- on this UX there are multiple tab controls (and nested tabs).

    OnDialogInitialize we use the ActionScripting to Load Data from the employee table for the employee id provided in the URL above.
    There is a General tab and a Performance Tab. Within the Performance Tab - there are additional tabs: Attendance, Coaching, Training etc.
    On the Attendance Tab - I have 3 embedded grids and these grids are set to employeeid(N)={EMPLOYEE_ID}.

    The issue:
    If I do not check Live Link on these grids - I do not see ajax callbacks to load the grid data and navigating to the Attendance Tab does not produce an AJAX callback to load the grid data. Also, when entering a new record - these inserts fail because it seems the linking field (employee id) is not being filled out.

    If i do check Live Link: The page loads - and we are on the General Tab. However, the Attendance grids also load (despite me not having navigated to that tab). This makes the page load extremely slow - although record insertion / everything else seems to work fine.

    Other Info:
    The 'Coaching' tab does not load right away. I do not see this on page load. However, if I go into the Performance Tab and then Coaching - I then see an ajax callback for the coaching logs to load.


    Has anyone experienced something similar to this? If so, how were you able to circumvent this?
    Thanks in advance for your time!
    Scott Moniz - Computer Programmer/Analyst
    REA Inc.
    http://reainc.net
    (416)-533-3777
    [email protected]

    REA INC offers consulting services, programming services, systems design, database design, third party payment gateway integration (CHASE, PAYPAL, AUTHORIZE.NET) and developer support.
    If you need custom code, or 1-to-1 mentoring in any facet of your database/web application design,
    contact us to discuss options.

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    Re: Alpha Nested Tabs with Embedded Grids (UX) - Slow Load

    I prefer to use a button to load components like that and use arguments to set default values and to filter the called component. This reduces the initial load significantly, and has teh added benefit of allowing me to update portions of the application separately. So far thats the best method I have found to reduce load times when there are multiple linked components like that.
    NWCOPRO: Nuisance Wildlife Control Software My Application: http://www.nwcopro.com "Without forgetting, we would have no memory at all...now what was I saying?"

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      Re: Alpha Nested Tabs with Embedded Grids (UX) - Slow Load

      If I am not mistaken you can load them into the tab as well and not just a "window" - either way it's faster.
      NWCOPRO: Nuisance Wildlife Control Software My Application: http://www.nwcopro.com "Without forgetting, we would have no memory at all...now what was I saying?"

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        Re: Alpha Nested Tabs with Embedded Grids (UX) - Slow Load

        Hi Charles,
        Thanks for the response - unfortunately i do not believe the button approach is wanted.
        The tabs and everything works nicely except for these extra loads.

        It only seems to happen with the nested tabs (and the active tab on the nested tab).

        So for example if there is a tab control with TAB1-4 and a tabcontrol nested into lets say TAB3.
        If TAB3 has a nested control e.g. TABA with a pane active (TABA1) it seems TABA1 loads as part of page load DESPITE Tab 1 being the active tab on the parent.
        Scott Moniz - Computer Programmer/Analyst
        REA Inc.
        http://reainc.net
        (416)-533-3777
        [email protected]

        REA INC offers consulting services, programming services, systems design, database design, third party payment gateway integration (CHASE, PAYPAL, AUTHORIZE.NET) and developer support.
        If you need custom code, or 1-to-1 mentoring in any facet of your database/web application design,
        contact us to discuss options.

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          Re: Alpha Nested Tabs with Embedded Grids (UX) - Slow Load

          Pretty sure the tabs are nothing more than html - I think it is the component that is loading that is the problem right? Perhaps there is a way to load the content dynamically and I think that will solve your issue. Similar to the button click, the component should load when the tab is brought into view, now I am not exactly sure how to make that happen but thats the idea behind my suggestion. Let us know if you solve it to your satisfaction. Perhaps the checkbox to pre-render the html would help?
          Other than that I do not see a satisfactory answer because I believe the idea behind a "nested" tab would be that it loads as part of the initial load of the parent tab, not unlike parent lists and child lists. I redesigned my larger UX and made smaller seperate components to help manage things and like I said earlier, it has added benefits. Hope you find an answer!
          NWCOPRO: Nuisance Wildlife Control Software My Application: http://www.nwcopro.com "Without forgetting, we would have no memory at all...now what was I saying?"

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            Re: Alpha Nested Tabs with Embedded Grids (UX) - Slow Load

            Yep id assume the tab control is just html+javascript to control the changing / dynamic loading etc.

            The component loading is definitely a problem and Loading the content dynamically on tab change would be the IDEAL solution - not sure how to make it happen either - going to have to look into that.

            "I believe the idea behind a "nested" tab would be that it loads as part of the initial load of the parent tab," - If the parent tab is active I think this makes sense. However take the following example:

            With a parent tab of GENERAL, PERFORMANCE, TESTING and a nested tab in PERFORMANCE (lets say PERFORMANCE1, PERFORMANCE2, PERFORMANCE3) it seems the active PERFORMANCE1 tab will load - EVEN if the the GENERAL tab is the first one selected. What ends up happening is on page load you are now loading all the stuff from performance1 - even if it is not being shown because GENERAL is the active tab on the parent. I think this may be an oversight in the tab control design / code. I will look into it a little more and see what I can come up with at some point.

            Thank you for your input Charles.
            Scott Moniz - Computer Programmer/Analyst
            REA Inc.
            http://reainc.net
            (416)-533-3777
            [email protected]

            REA INC offers consulting services, programming services, systems design, database design, third party payment gateway integration (CHASE, PAYPAL, AUTHORIZE.NET) and developer support.
            If you need custom code, or 1-to-1 mentoring in any facet of your database/web application design,
            contact us to discuss options.

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