How to get the last x number of splistitems changed for a SPWeb

Steve Lineberry
  • How to get the last x number of splistitems changed for a SPWeb Steve Lineberry

    I'm trying to pull back the last x number of list items in all non-hidden lists for a given web.

    My original code would go through all lists and run the following code:

    SPQuery query = new SPQuery();
    query.Query = "<OrderBy><FieldRef Name =\"Modified\" Ascending=\"FALSE\"/></OrderBy>";
    query.RowLimit = (uint)this.ItemsToDisplay;
        case SPBaseType.DocumentLibrary:
            query.ViewAttributes = "Scope=\"Recursive\"";
    SPListItemCollection listItems = list.GetItems(query);

    effectively getting the last x items modified from each list and then I would put all of them into a List and sort, then taking the bottom x items.

    This code was really slow (sometimes taking 20-30 seconds) so I decided to go down the route of using the ChangeLog.

    Now i'm doing this code:

    SPChangeQuery query = new SPChangeQuery(false, false);
    query.Item = true;
    query.Delete = false;
    query.Add = true;
    query.Update = true;
    query.ChangeTokenStart = new SPChangeToken(SPChangeCollection.CollectionScope.Web, Web.ID, DateTime.Now.ToUniversalTime().AddDays(-14));
    query.ChangeTokenEnd = new SPChangeToken(SPChangeCollection.CollectionScope.Web, Web.ID, DateTime.Now.ToUniversalTime());
    SPChangeCollection changes = Web.GetChanges(query);

    which works well in dev but has issues in prod. It turns out that in prod since we run MOSS and profiles are synced, I get 1000's of changes that are occuring in the user information list. So right now since the GetChanges method only pulls items in chunks of 1000, i have to use the lastchangetoken and call getchanges several times and then sort through 1000's of items just to get at the one's I want.

    First question: Does anyone know how to exclude hidden lists or certain lists from a SPChangeQuery?

    Second question: Is there a faster / better way of doing this? I thought about using Auditing to get the data since I have that turned on for all of our site collections but I haven't gone down that path yet.


  • Could you do it at a more granular level using SPList.GetChanges()? Obviously you'd have to do some merging of resultsets, but you'd probably be working with fewer overall change items. I guess a big factor would be how many lists you have, as this would be tied to how many merge operations your code would have to do..

  • SPListItems is not included in auditlog (per design due to performance issues) so you cant use auditing if you are looking for list items.

    I would probably go for SPSiteDataQuery (as you mention yourself) which usually performs best for site-wide queries.

    Another option would be the GetListItems web service which often i surprisingly fast...

    A third option would be ProcessBatchData using the Display method, if it can be tweaked to deliver the data you need.

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