Implement ListModel and TreeModel

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Implement ListModel and TreeModel

The default implementation of models, such as ListModelList and DefaultTreeModel assumes all data are available in the memory. It is not practical if a model has a lot of data. For huge data, it is suggested to implement your own model by loading and caching only a portion of data at a time.

To implement your own model, you could extend from AbstractListModel, AbstractGroupsModel and DefaultTreeModel as described in the Model section. To implement a model that supports sorting, you have to implement ListModelExt too. Each time an user requires sorting, ListModelExt.sort(Comparator, boolean) will be called and the implementation usually clears the cache and re-generate the SQL statement accordingly.

Here is some pseudo code:

public class FooListModel extends AbstractListModel implements ListModelExt {
    private Object[] _cache;
    private int _beginOffset;
    private String _orderBy;
    private boolean _ascending, _descending;

    public int getSize() {
        return /*SELECT COUNT(*) FROM ..
    public Object getElementAt(int index) {
        if (_cache == null || index < _beginOffset || index >= _beginOffset + _cache.length) {
            loadToCache(index, 100); //SELECT ... FROM .... OFFSET index LIMIT 100
                //if _ascending || _descending, ORDER BY _orderBy ...
        return _cache[index - _beginOffset];
    public void sort(Comparator cmpr, boolean ascending) {
        _descending = !(_ascending = ascending);
        _orderBy = ((FieldComparator)cmpr).getRawOrderBy();
             //Assume you specified auto(fieldName) in ZUML, so cmpr is FieldComparator
             //If you specified comparator in ZUL, cmpr will be the comparator you assigned

For a real example, please refer to Small Talk: Handling huge data using ZK.

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