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queryFeatures Client Vs. Server request

Question asked by sharkins on May 17, 2012
Latest reply on May 18, 2012 by sharkins
In the documentation for FeatureLayer, the description for the queryFeatures method states that "Whenever possible the feature layer will perform the query on the client."  I'd assume that when the mode for the FeatureLayer is set to MODE_SNAPSHOT that all queryFeatures operations would occur on the client and no new request would be made to the server.  I've tried several different tests and all of them seem to generate a new request back to the server when a query is made.  Can someone shed some light on the details of what constitutes "Whenever possible".  I have a client with some network latency issues who is trying to reduce the overall number of asynchronous requests their application is generating and it would help to better understand the FeatureLayer behavior.  I've included a small sample page below which demonstrates new requests to the server being generated for each queryFeatures operation.

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" ""> <html>   <head>     <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"/>     <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=7,IE=9" />     <!--The viewport meta tag is used to improve the presentation and behavior of the samples        on iOS devices-->     <meta name="viewport" content="initial-scale=1, maximum-scale=1,user-scalable=no"/>     <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="">          <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>          <script type="text/javascript">       dojo.require("");       dojo.require("esri.tasks.query");       dojo.require("esri.layers.FeatureLayer");        var fireStations;       function init() {         var startExtent = new esri.geometry.Extent(-85.8132362723161,38.1612613907511,-85.6422584745839,38.2706997066712, new esri.SpatialReference({wkid:4326}) );         var map = new esri.Map("mapDiv", { extent: esri.geometry.geographicToWebMercator(startExtent) });         var streetMap = new esri.layers.ArcGISTiledMapServiceLayer("");         map.addLayer(streetMap);          fireStations = new esri.layers.FeatureLayer("",           {mode: esri.layers.FeatureLayer.MODE_ONDEMAND,           outFields: ["*"]}         );         map.addLayer(fireStations);          dojo.connect(fireStations, "onDblClick", queryFeatureLayerAttribute);         dojo.connect(map, "onLoad", function () {             map.disableDoubleClickZoom();         });                }        function queryFeatureLayerAttribute(event) {           var query = new esri.tasks.Query();           query.where = "NAME = '" + event.graphic.attributes["NAME"] + "'";           fireStations.queryFeatures(query, function (featureSet) {               console.log(featureSet.features[0].attributes.NAME);           });       }       dojo.addOnLoad(init);      </script>   </head>    <body class="claro">     <div id="mapDiv" style="width: 800px; height:500px;"></div>   </body> </html>