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parameter to pass to the worker thread. Hence, these pieces of data are grouped in a JSON object with
three properties: CustomerID , StartDate , and EndDate .
To begin processing, the Worker object's postMessage() method is invoked and the JSON settings
object is passed to it as a parameter.
Event Handlers for message and error Events
The ReceiveDataFromWorker() event-handler function receives the order data returned by the worker
thread. This function is shown in Listing 10-10.
Listing 10-10. Receiving and Displaying Order Details
function ReceiveDataFromWorker(evt) {
var data =;
$("#orderTable").append("<tr><th>Order ID</th><th>Customer ID</th>
<th>Order Date</th><th>Order Amount</th></tr>");
for (var i = 0; i < data.length; i++) {
$("#orderTable").append("<tr>" +
"<td>" + data[i].OrderID + "</td>" +
"<td>" + data[i].CustomerID + "</td>" +
"<td>" + ToJSDate(data[i].OrderDate) + "</td>" +
"<td>" + data[i].OrderAmount + "</td>" +
$("#getOrders").val("Get Orders");
ReceiveDataFromWorker() receives order data from the worker thread as an array. Each element of the
array represents an order and has properties: OrderID , CustomerID , OrderDate , and OrderAmount . The evt.
data property gives you access to this array.
The orderTable HTML table is emptied to remove any previously added rows. A for loop iterates
through the JSON collection. With every iteration, a row is added to the table and the OrderID , CustomerID ,
OrderDate , and OrderAmount property values are displayed.
Notice that unlike OrderID and CustomerID , OrderDate isn't directly displayed in the table. The
OrderDate value is first passed to a helper function— ToJSDate() —and the return value of ToJSDate() is
displayed in the table. The OrderDate column is a date-time column in the database, but the JSON format
doesn't have a date data type. So, when dates are serialized from the server to the client, they're sent in a
special format. For example, if OrderDate is 8/12/1996 (mm/dd/yyyy) in the database, the JSON equivalent
is /Date(839788200000)/ . The number in Date() is the number of milliseconds between that date and
midnight of 1 January 1970. The ToJSDate() helper function converts this cryptic-looking value into a
readable form. ToJSDate() is shown in Listing 10-11.
Listing 10-11. Converting a JSON Date Value into a JavaScript Date
function ToJSDate(value) {
var pattern = /Date\(([^)]+)\)/;
var results = pattern.exec(value);
var dt = new Date(parseFloat(results[1]));
return (dt.getMonth() + 1) + "/" + dt.getDate() + "/" + dt.getFullYear();
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