Updating a Spry Dataset from a Popup

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Last week I posted a method of using multi-related selects with Spry and ColdFusion. In my example I updated a subbrands dataset when a brand select was updated. I implemented a similar process at work and decided that it would be nice to offer the option of adding new subbrands from the data entry form. To do so, I placed an ‘add’ button next to the subbrands select which opens a popup where the user can add a new subbrand. Then came the question, how do I update the dataset on the parent window once the new subbrand is added.

It actually ended up being quite easy.
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Experimenting with Multi-related Selects using Spry

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I recently found myself in need of a multi-related select solution and decided to give Adobe’s new Spry framework a shot.

The first thing I noticed was that, still being in development, there isn’t much Spry documentation. In lieu of docs Adobe provides several samples which, though useful, did not provide the solution I was looking for. My goal is to have two select boxes, each populated by separate but related datasets. In the example I use below, my datasets are brands and subbrands. The subbrands dataset contains a brandID column which is related to the brandID column in the brands dataset. Read on to see how I did it and feel free to leave a comment telling me how I should have done it 😉 .
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