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Comparing Client and Server Data Binding

Exchange Server 2003

Comparing Client and Server Data Binding

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The server and client can bind data items to the Exchange store.

The following diagram illustrates the differences between server and client data binding.


XMLHTTP is used to query the contents of the view from the server. An XSL transform is applied to the XML result set. The resulting dynamic HTML is displayed in the view.

Server Data Binding

In server data binding, all fields are data bound on the server.

Client Data Binding

For Microsoft® Internet Explorer 5 and later, views are data bound on the Web browser. The form renderer performs a series of tasks, including expanding macros. Client data binding reduces server overhead. With client data binding, the work of rendering the view is moved onto the client. This reduces server load. In client data binding, views are updated without requiring a trip to the server for updated data. Client data binding requires Internet Explorer 5 or later browsers.