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SQL Anywhere 11.0.1 » MobiLink - Server Administration » Using MobiLink Server Technology » Synchronization techniques


Timestamp-based downloads

The timestamp method is the most useful general technique for efficient synchronization. This technique involves tracking the last time that each user synchronized and only downloading rows that have changed since then.

MobiLink maintains a timestamp value indicating when each MobiLink user last downloaded data. This value is called the last download time.

See Using last download times in scripts.

To implement timestamp-based synchronization for a table
  1. At the consolidated database, add a column that holds the most recent time the row was modified. The column is typically declared as follows:

    DBMS last modified column
    Adaptive Server Enterprise datetime
    IBM DB2 LUW timestamp
    IBM DB2 mainframe timestamp
    Microsoft SQL Server datetime
    MySQL timestamp
    Oracle date
    SQL Anywhere timestamp DEFAULT timestamp
  2. In scripts for the download_cursor and download_delete_cursor events, compare the first parameter to the value in the timestamp column.


The following table declaration and scripts implement timestamp-based synchronization on the Customer table in the Contact sample:

  • Table definition:

    CREATE TABLE "DBA"."Customer"(
       "name"  char(40) NOT NULL,
       "rep_id"  integer NOT NULL,
       "last_modified" timestamp NULL DEFAULT timestamp,
       "active"  bit NOT NULL,
       PRIMARY KEY ("cust_id") )
  • download_delete_cursor script:

    SELECT cust_id
    FROM Customer JOIN SalesRep
    ON Customer.rep_id = SalesRep.rep_id
    WHERE Customer.last_modified >= {ml s.last_table_download}
        AND ( SalesRep.ml_username != {ml s.username}
              OR = 0 )
  • download_cursor script:

    SELECT cust_id,, Customer.rep_id
    FROM Customer KEY JOIN SalesRep
    WHERE Customer.last_modified >= {ml s.last_table_download}
        AND SalesRep.ml_username = {ml s.username}
        AND = 1

See Synchronization logic source code and Synchronizing contacts in the Contact sample.

Using last download times in scripts
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