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Posted 21 Jan 2004

Writing ASP Chat using JavaScript and XML (Part 4)

, 21 Jan 2004
The last part of the ASP chat series. This article explains how to provide a chat with multiple rooms.
function UsersDataXML() {
	this.authenticateUser = UsersDataXML_authenticateUser; = UsersDataXML_save;
	this.initialize = UsersDataXML_initialize;
	this.autoSave = UsersDataXML_autoSave;
	this.registerUser = UsersDataXML_registerUser;
	this.findUser = UsersDataXML_findUser;
	this.filePath = getUsersDataPath();
	this.autoSaveInterval = getAutoSaveInterval();// In seconds.
	this.identifier = "UsersStore";

 *  Cheks user name and password combination.
 *  @return true if valid user, overvise false.
function UsersDataXML_authenticateUser(userName, password) {
	var usersStore = new SharedXML(this.identifier);
	var xmlNode = usersStore.findNodeByName(userName);
	if(xmlNode != null) {
		var user = new UserInfo(xmlNode);
		return user.checkPassword(password);
	return false;

 *  Searching for an existing user by nick. 
 *  @param strNick user nick.
 *  @return Found user object or undefined, if not exists.
function UsersDataXML_findUser(strNick) {
	var usersStore = new SharedXML(this.identifier);
	var xmlNode = usersStore.findNodeByName(strNick);
	if(xmlNode != null)
		var user = new UserInfo(xmlNode);
		return user;

 *  Saves data to disk.
function UsersDataXML_save() {
	var usersStore = new SharedXML(this.identifier);;

 *  Initial data load.
function UsersDataXML_initialize() {
	var usersStore = new SharedXML(this.identifier);

 *  Checking for autosave timeout elapsed. If true, saves data.
function UsersDataXML_autoSave() {;

 *  Adds new user to store.
 *  @return New user id or -1 if already exists.
function UsersDataXML_registerUser(nick, password, firstName, 
								   lastName, email) {
	var user = this.findUser(nick);
	if(typeof(user) != "undefined") {
		// User already exists.
		return -1;
	var usersStore = new SharedXML(this.identifier);
	var xmlNode = usersStore.addNode();
	var newUser = new UserInfo(xmlNode);

	var id = newUser.getUserID();
	return id;

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Alexander Fedorenko
Web Developer
Ukraine Ukraine
Alexander Fedorenko is a professional C++ developer since 1996. He completed many custom and shareware projects. One of the successful projects is DevPlanner - tool for personal planning and time management.

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