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  • Difference between actionPoller, actionSupport, actionFunction and actionRegion

  • Ajit

    Member
    April 30, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    I want a detailed difference between actionPoller, actionSupport, actionFunction and actionRegion.

  • Surbhi

    Member
    June 1, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Hi Ajit,

    actionFunction: It is used to call the server side method using javaScript.

    actionSupport: It is used to call the server based on the client side event i.e. like onclick ,onchange..etc.

    actionPoller: It is used to call the server side method in a regular interval of time.

    actionRegion : An area of a Visualforce page that demarcates which components should be processed by the Force.com server when an ajax request is generated.

    Thanks

  • shariq

    Member
    September 16, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Hi,

    apex:ActionFunction : This component helps to envoke AJAX request (Call Controllers method) directly from Javascript method. It must be child of apex:form.
    <apex:actionFunction name=”sendEmail” action=”{!sendEmailFunction}”>

    </apex:actionFunction>

    apex:ActionSupport : This component adds Ajax request to any other Visualforce component. Example : Commandlink button has inbuilt AJAX functionality however few components like OutputPanel does not have inbuilt AJAX capabilities. So with the help of this component, we can enable AJAX.

    <apex:outputpanel id=”counter”>
    <apex:outputText value=”Click Me!: {!count}”/>
    <apex:actionSupport event=”onclick” action=”{!incrementCounter}” rerender=”counter” status=”counterStatus”/>
    </apex:outputpanel>

    apex:ActionPoller : This is timer component which can send AJAX request on pre-defined interval. Minimum interval is 5 sec and default is 60 sec.
    <apex:actionPoller action=”{!incrementCounter}” rerender=”counter” status=”counterStatus” interval=”50″ />

    actionRegion : An area of a Visualforce page that demarcates which components should be processed by the Force.com server when an ajax request is generated.

    Similarities:

    Both action support and function can be used to call a controller method using an AJAX request.

    Differences:
    1. Action function can call the controller method from java script.
    2. Action support adds AJAX support to another visualforce component and then call the controller method.
    for example:
    <apex:outputpanel id=”outptpnl”>
    <apex:outputText value=”click here”/>
    <apex:actionSupport event=”onclick” action=”{!controllerMethodName}” rerender=”pgblck” />
    </apex:outputpanel>
    Here action support adds AJAX to output panel, so once you click on output panel controller method will be called.

    3. Action function cannot add AJAX support to another component. But from a particular component which has AJAX support(onclick, onblur etc) action function can be called to call the controller method.
    Example:
    <apex:actionFunction name=”myactionfun” action=”{!actionFunMethod}” reRender=”outptText”/>
    <apex:inputcheckbox onclick=”myactionfun” />
    In this example onlick of input checkbox “myactionfun” action function is called from where controller method “actionFunMethod” gets called.

    Apart from this, the main difference between the “two” action support and action function is that, the action function can also be called from java script.
    Example:
    <apex:actionFunction name=”myactionfun” action=”{!actionFunMethod}” reRender=”outptText”/>
    <apex:inputcheckbox onclick=”myJavaMethod()” />
    <script>
    function myJavaMethod(){
    myactionfun();// this call the action function
    }
    </script>

    Hope this helps.

  • Parul

    Member
    September 17, 2018 at 3:53 am

    These are the AJAX action tags that support the calling of action and refresh the field only not the entire Visualforce page.

    1. <apex:actionFunction> - Provides support for invoking controller action methods directly from JavaScript code using an AJAX request. An <apex:actionFunction> component must be a child of an <apex:form> component.

    2. <apex:actionPoller> -  A timer that sends an AJAX update request to the server according to a time interval that you specify. Update request can then result in a full or partial page update. You should avoid using this component with enhanced lists.

    3. <apex:actionStatus> -  A component that displays the status of an AJAX update request. An AJAX request can either be in progress or complete

    4. actionRegion : An area of a Visualforce page that demarcates which components should be processed by the Force.com server when an ajax request is generated.

     

    THanks

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