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Retrieval of Internet Information Using a Session ID

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123296D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Nusbickel, WL: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for processing and storing database results on a web server in a user interface format, facilitating the high-speed retrieval of the information for an Internet client.

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Retrieval of Internet Information Using a Session ID

   Disclosed is a method for processing and storing database
results on a web server in a user interface format, facilitating the
high-speed retrieval of the information for an Internet client.

   In many Internet applications, numerous records can be
returned as the results of a user-initiated search.  The resulting
data is often too large to view on a single page.  A conventional
way to present this data is to return one large "page," most of
which is not visible within the window of the client's web browser.
However, the most common way of presenting multiple "pages" of
information is to return a viewable number of records, such as 10 or
25, per page, along with a way to get to subsequent pages.  One of
the most common methods to get to the next page of results is to
issue a database query, fetch all records in the result set, skip
over results in the database until the record requested by the user
is reached, format the results into the user interface format, such
as HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language), and return the information to
the client's web browser.  Answering each subsequent request takes
longer than the previous request because more records must be skipped
as the user proceeds along the result set.  Internet users are thus
discouraged from requesting subsequent pages, so that, when business
listings are requested, businesses having names starting near the
beginning of the alphabet have a significant advantage.

   The presently-disclosed method provides high performance in
fulfilling subsequent page requests from the user, with the web
server application first tracking the incoming Internet...