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One of the primary reasons these filters are used is because of their simplicity of implementation. Have a look at this discussion on the SitePoint forums. It goes through implementing one of these filters; one of the best suggestions there is to use a small SQL snippet. With some basic client-side processing, this can easily be turned into a filter. Of ...


Your question: What are the cases where one would use this type of filter and how effective is it? Is something you answered previously: [When you can] assume the user knows what the first letter of the item is. Context-wise, I think your two examples are likely the most applicable uses: dictionaries and address books. iOS7's address book, for ...

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