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ATLRUG Emerald City Presentation - 3/26/2011

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    jQuery and AJAX with Rails jQuery and AJAX with Rails Presentation Transcript

    • jQuery & AJAX with Rails Alan Hecht http://alanhecht.me
    • Additional Firefox Debugging Tools
        • HttpFox
          • Analyze incoming & outgoing HTTP traffic
          • Can filter on strings
        • Visual Event
          • JavaScript bookmarklet for examining JavaScript & jQuery events on a page
          • www.sprymedia.co.uk/article/Visual+Event
          • Copy to bookmark toolbar
          • Click on ‘Visual Event’ bookmark to show events
    • Visual Event & HttpFox Demo
    • Options for Using jQuery with Rails
        • Manually add jQuery to Rails
        • Install and run the jQuery Rails adapter gem
    • Manual jQuery Installation
        • Add a copy of jQuery to ‘public/javascripts/
        • Edit ‘config/application.rb’ to automatically load jQuery with each page
          • Add the line:
          • Can always include jQuery with specific pages
    • jQuery Scripts
        • public/javascripts/application.js is loaded with every page
        • All other JavaScript files must be explicitly loaded unless added JavaScript default pages in ‘ config/application.rb ’
        • JavaScript to be executed will be a function wrapped in the jQuery
        • $(document).ready( ) event
    • jQuery w/ Rails Installation Demo
    • Key Concepts for Working with jQuery
          • Unobtrusive JavaScript
          • AJAX
    • Unobtrusive JavaScript
        • Separation of JavaScript and HTML
          • No in-line event handlers
          • All JavaScript code in external files
        • Your site works with or without JavaScript
        • HTML should be just as accessible to those with disabilities or devices that don’t support JavaScript
    • Unobtrusive JavaScript Issues
        • Need to design site for use with or without JavaScript
        • Doesn’t work with sites where JavaScript is integral to proper function
        • Biggest benefit is for designing sites for people with disabilities
          • Mobile devices starting to have some form of Javascript support
    • AJAX
        • Asynchronous JavaScript and XML
        • Can call the web server without refreshing the entire page
        • Implemented with XMLHttpRequest
          • Send data directly to web server
          • Response loaded directly into script
          • JSON commonly used instead of XML
    • jQuery Rails Adapter
        • Supports unobtrusive JavaScript for jQuery with Rails
        • Adds AJAX support
          • Not necessary for AJAX but provides helpers
          • Site works both with & without AJAX
        • Will be installed by default in Rails 3.1
    • jQuery Adapter Installation
        • Add ‘jquery-rails’ to Gemfile
          • bundle install
        • Set up Rails project to work with jQuery
          • rails generate jquery:install
          • say ‘yes’ to overwrite rails.js
        • Can skip Prototype installation in new Rails app
          • rails new <application> --skip-prototype
    • AJAX Using jQuery Adapter
        • Implemented with unobtrusive JavaScript using custom attributes:
          • data-method: HTTP method to call (PUT, GET, DELETE, or POST)
          • data-confirm: confirmation dialog before proceding
          • data-remote: submit via AJAX if true
          • data-disable-with: disable form elements during submission
    • HTML Changes
        • Add ‘:remote => true’ to link or submit button to execute using AJAX
        • is rendered as:
    • Controller Changes
        • Need to respond to JavaScript in a similar manner to HTML
        • JavaScript will be sent to client to be executed
    • View Changes
        • View file will contain JavaScript to be executed on the client
        • File will be similarly named as the HTML file (i.e. create.js.erb or destroy.js.erb)
    • AJAX w/ jQuery Adapter Demo
    • AJAX w/ jQuery
        • AJAX support built into jQuery
          • Good when a lot of functionality is on the client
          • Sites like Facebook limit server requests, so calls need to be made from client
          • Does not support unobtrusive JavaScript
    • $.ajax
        • The jQuery function upon which all AJAX calls are built
        • $.ajax(<url>, <settings>)
          • url: the URL to call
          • settings: JSON object containing settings such as:
          • - HTTP call
          • - function to call if successful
    • $.ajax Example
    • Additional AJAX Methods
        • $.post(<url>, <data>, <success function>)
        • $.get(<url>, <data>, <success function>)
    • jQuery AJAX Demo