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SQL Anywhere 11.0.1 » MobiLink - Getting Started » Introducing MobiLink Technology » Exploring the MobiLink Contact sample » Synchronizing the Contact sample


Synchronizing contacts in the Contact sample

The Contact table contains the name of a person working at a customer company, a foreign key to the customer, and a unique integer identifying the contact. It also contains a last_modified timestamp and a marker to indicate whether the contact is active.

Business rules

The business rules for this table are as follows:

  • Contact information can be modified at both the consolidated and remote databases.

  • Each remote database contains only those contacts who work for customers they are assigned to.

  • When customers are reassigned among sales representatives, contacts must also be reassigned


A trigger on the Customer table is used to ensure that the contacts get picked up when information about a customer is changed. The trigger explicitly alters the last_modified column of each contact whenever the corresponding customer is altered:

CREATE TRIGGER UpdateCustomerForContact
ON DBA.Customer
REFERENCING OLD AS old_cust NEW as new_cust
  UPDATE Contact
  SET Contact.last_modified = new_cust.last_modified
  FROM Contact
  WHERE Contact.cust_id = new_cust.cust_id

By updating all contact records whenever a customer is modified, the trigger ties the customer and their associated contacts together. Whenever a customer is modified, all associated contacts are modified too, and the customer and associated contacts are downloaded together on the next synchronization.

  • download_cursor   The download_cursor script for Contact is as follows:
    SELECT contact_id,, contact.cust_id
    FROM ( contact JOIN customer ) JOIN salesrep
    ON contact.cust_id = customer.cust_id
     AND customer.rep_id = salesrep.rep_id
    WHERE Contact.last_modified >= ?
     AND salesrep.ml_username = ?
     AND = 1

    This script retrieves all contacts that are active, that have been changed since the last time the sales representative downloaded (either explicitly or by modification of the corresponding customer), and that are assigned to the representative. A join with the Customer and SalesRep table is needed to identify the contacts associated with this representative.

  • download_delete_cursor   The download_delete_cursor script for Contact is as follows:
    SELECT contact_id
    FROM ( Contact JOIN Customer ) JOIN SalesRep
    ON Contact.cust_id = Customer.cust_id
     AND Customer.rep_id = SalesRep.rep_id
    WHERE Contact.last_modified >= ?
     AND = 0

    The automatic use of cascading referential integrity by the MobiLink client deletes contacts when the corresponding customer is deleted from the remote database. The download_delete_cursor script therefore has to delete only those contacts marked as inactive.


Contact information can be inserted, updated, or deleted at the remote database. The scripts corresponding to these operations are as follows:

  • upload_insert   The following upload_insert script adds a row to the Contact table, marking the contact as active:
    INSERT INTO Contact (
     contact_id, name, cust_id, active )
    VALUES ( ?, ?, ?, 1 )

  • upload_update   The following upload_update script modifies the contact information at the consolidated database:
    UPDATE Contact
    SET name = ?, cust_id = ?
    WHERE contact_id = ?

    Conflict detection is not done on this table.

  • upload_delete   The following upload_delete script marks the contact as inactive at the consolidated database. It does not delete a row.
    UPDATE Contact
    SET active = 0
    WHERE contact_id = ?