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  From the May 2009 Issue of Prestwood eMag
ASP Classic Language Basics:
Buffer a RecordSet in an application variable
Posted 14 years ago on 11/14/2006 and updated 2/26/2007
Take Away: In ASP, you can buffer a RecordSet in either a session or application variable. This code snippet shows you how to create a reusable method for buffering RecordSets in an application variable.


The following code snippet uses Set Application("MyAppVar") = ARecordSet to assign a record set to an application variable. It also uses a second variable to store the current time and uses that variable to determine when to redo the select.

Sub DB_SelectReadBufferedApp(ASeconds, ByRef ARecordSet, AStrSQL)
 Dim AppVar
 Dim AppVarDateTime
 AppVar      = "DB_SelectReadBuffered5" & AStrSQL
 AppVarDateTime = "DateTime" & AppVar
 If Len(Application(AppVarDateTime) & "") = 0 Then

  ''' DB_SelectRead is a typical read forward ASP execute select method. '''

  DB_SelectRead ARecordSet, AStrSQL
  Set Application(AppVar)   = ARecordSet
  Application(AppVarDateTime) = Now
 ElseIf DateDiff("s", CDate(Application(AppVarDateTime)), Now) > ASeconds Then
  DB_SelectRead ARecordSet, AStrSQL
  Set Application(AppVar)   = ARecordSet
  Application(AppVarDateTime) = Now
 End If 
 Set ARecordSet = Application(AppVar)
 If ARecordSet.RecordCount > 1 Then
 End If
End Sub

Here is a usage example:

Dim obj
Dim strSQL
strSQL = "select * from Core_Members where ProfileIsPublic = 'Y' and Picture<>'' "
DB_SelectReadBufferedApp 3600, objMembersRS, strSQL
objMembersRS.Sort = "LastName, FirstName"
while Not objMembersRS.EOF
Response.Write objMembersRS.Fields("LastName") & ", " & objMembersRS.Fields("FirstName")

What about storing a RecordSet in a session variable?

You don't want to use this trick with session variables because that will break the thread model and actually make your website less scalable.

Can I over use this techinique?

Yes, very very easily. You should use this for ONLY the most frequently used data.

Here are some more resources on this subject:

Enjoy! Post your findings below.


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