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DataTables 1.9 was End Of Life in 2014. Do not use it for new work.
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Server-side processing | ASP Classic with SQL Server 2008

Important - Do not use this script for new development - it will not work! It is no longer maintained and does not support DataTables 1.10+'s server-side processing mode. This page is retained only for legacy users and it will likely be removed in the near future.

Suited for a server which uses ASP Classic and SQL Server 2008 to allow DataTables server-side processing, this script provides all of the key components for DataTables and is easily modifiable for integration into your own site / application. This script is provided by diondu.

To use the code on your own server you will need to modify the script to read and deal with the column names in your database (the standard DataTables example schema is used here). You will also need to modify the database connection variables: SQL_SERVER, USERNAME etc.

Feature set


'here we get some parameters passed by the DataTables using GET
sEcho = Cint(Request("sEcho"))
iDisplayLength = Cint(Request("iDisplayLength"))
iDisplayStart = Cint(Request("iDisplayStart"))
sSearch = Request("sSearch")

'SEARCH - here we make the Where clause that will be used in the SQL query. You only put here the fields you want to search
	strWhere = " WHERE engine LIKE '%" & sSearch & "%' OR "
	strWhere = strWhere &  " browser LIKE '%" & sSearch & "%' OR "
	strWhere = strWhere &  " platform LIKE '%" & sSearch & "%' OR "
	strWhere = strWhere &  " version LIKE '%" & sSearch & "%' OR "
	strWhere = strWhere &  " grade LIKE '%" & sSearch & "%'"

	'passes through all cols and first check if the column is sortable, if yes then construct
	'the variable "order" that list in order the sequence of ordering
	for k=0 to 4
		if Request("bSortable_" & k)="true" then
			order = order & Request("iSortCol_" & k) & " " & Request("sSortDir_" & k)
		end if
	'here we replace the number corresponding the column position by the corresponding name of the column in the database
	order =	Replace(order,"0",", engine")
	order =	Replace(order,"1",", browser")
	order =	Replace(order,"2",", platform")
	order =	Replace(order,"3",", version")
	order =	Replace(order,"4",", grade")

	'here we eliminate the first comma of the variable "order"
	order = Right(order, Len(order)-1)

	'here we create the variable "strOrderBy" that will be used in the SQL query
	strOrderBy = "ORDER BY " & order
'here we create the connection with the database (I used Microsoft SQL Server 2008)
Set Session("objConn") = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
strConnection = "Driver={SQL Server};Server=SQL_SERVER;Initial Catalog=DATABASE;User Id=USERNAME;Password=PASSWORD;"
Session("objConn").open strConnection

'here we create the SQL query using the variables "strWhere" and "strOrderBy"
SQL = "SELECT * FROM ajax " & strWhere & strOrderBy
Set rs = Session("objConn").Execute(SQL)

'here is counted how many records we have in the query using the search criterion and call this as "iTotalDisplayRecords"
iTotalDisplayRecords = 0
if rs.eof = false then
	do while not rs.eof
		iTotalDisplayRecords = iTotalDisplayRecords + 1
end if

'here we just count how many records we have in the table, WITHOUT any search criterion and call this as "iTotalRecords"
SQL2 = "SELECT count(*) FROM ajax"
Set rs2 = Session("objConn").Execute(SQL2)
iTotalRecords = rs2(0)
'here we begin to mount the ajax reponse
{"sEcho": <%=sEcho%>, "iTotalRecords": <%=iTotalRecords%>, "iTotalDisplayRecords": <%=iTotalDisplayRecords%>, "aaData": [ 
<% i= 0
	'First we move the recordset for the first record of the page that is being displayed in the table using the parameters(iDisplayStart)
	'then we create a loop wich the limits are the parameters (iDisplayLength) or the end of the query

	if rs.eof = false then

		do while i < iDisplayLength and not rs.eof
			'we create the variable "aaData" that has the data that will be displayed. This variable is in a format known by the DataTable
			aaData = aaData + "['" & rs("engine") & "','" & rs("browser") & "','" & rs("platform") & "','" & rs("version") &  "','" & rs("grade") & "'],"
			'here we replace the single quotes by double quotes (chr(34))
			aaData = Replace(aaData,"'",chr(34))



		'here we eliminate the last comma in the aaData
		aaData = Left(aaData,Len(aaData)-1)

		'if the query result has no records the aaData will be empty and the Table will give an answer that no record was find 
		aaData = ""
	end if

	'here we finishes to mount the response
	response.write aaData & "] }"