Skip to main content

Trusted Advisor

OutSystems

Optimize data preparation

Data preparation for a screen should be very efficient. This will ensure a pleasant experience for the user.

Data preparation is usually inefficient when:

  1. The Data Model does not support the use case of the screen - e.g., it is necessary to group large volume of data by complex criteria to get averages, counts and alikes, or values must be calculated on the fly for each listed record.

  2. Aggregates and loops used instead of lean SQL queries. For example, instead of a single SQL query  to combine all the information, a simple aggregate is used to retrieve the data from the master entity. Then, an aggregate inside a loop collects the details for each row to be appended to a record list.

Impact

Long preparations to get the required information, many queries and calculations, and overuse of loops, results in considerable Web Server and Database Server load.

Best practices

  • Know your data requirements and design a DB model to contain all required information to support your screens, without having to calculate the information on each screen request.
  • This requires all the calculations to be made in advance:
    • When data is generated - e.g. every time you add a vacation period, immediately update the remaining available days in the employee detail instead of calculating it when you want to list the available vacation days per employee.

    • In asynchronous jobs (Timers or BPT with automatic activities) to prepare data upfront - e.g. prepare agglomeration tables to support dashboards.

  • Use proper joins and SQL functions to gather all required data in a single query.
  • Make decisions in the preparation to get data with different queries, instead of making decisions on the screen to call different expressions with different queries.

  • Create different specialized screens, instead of a power screen with inefficient data preparation that needs to cope with all situations.

  • Was this article helpful?