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Passing location info

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Hi All,

I am trying to write a Spring MVC based application, where an objects location is passed onto the JSP and further processing is done using javascript. I managed to get the list of objects in the dropdown, my requirement is: when the user selects one of the object from the drop down the latitude and longitude value for this object should be assigned to two variables in the javascript.

There is a separate class named Location which has the latitude and longitude. And object of Location is a member of the class being selected in the dropdown.

Please let me know how I can achieve this.


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3 solutions are below.

1. Use onchange attribute of the html select tag (whatever front-end framework you are using) and call the server (e.g. ajax, json, jquery) for the 2 items you need. For efficiency, call only when you need to, i.e. when you actually need those 2 data already.

since you are using spring mvc, adding a jquery/json service is simple. Look into Jackson and jquery.

2. If the list of locations is small, you can load the entire list (e.g. ajax, json, jquery, initial page load, etc.) and do search when needed. This is not scaleable. I do not advise on using this.

3. If you have no other alternatives, this is what I would use. Fast, efficient. No additional server call.

3. a. locString needs to be post-processed because it now contains not just location but also the 2 other fields
3. b. change

3. c. as implied by #b. above, add a getLocationLatitudeLongitudeDelimitedByBar() method. Use a delimiter (e.g. bar "|") that doesn't occur in your data.

an example of data returned by getLocationLatitudeLongitudeDelimitedByBar() is below.

3. d. as you probably have guessed, you need to use onchange attribute of the html select tag or process it only when needed


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