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  • 1. Google Suggest http://labs.google.com/suggest Lecture 17: Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript And XML) Wendy Liu CSC309F – Fall 2007 1 2 Spinning Wheel Progress Indicator Low-level View The Basics 3 4 1
  • 2. Classic vs. Ajax Synchronous vs. Asynchronous 5 6 Overview of Ajax XMLHttpRequest It is not a new programming language, but a new way JavaScript object (technique) to use existing standards To create better, faster, and more user-friendly and interactive Provide two views of the response web applications String (text) and XML Based on JavaScript and HTTP requests Uses JavaScript as its programming language Capable of issuing GET, POST, HEAD, PUT, Uses the XMLHttpRequest object to communicate directly with DELETE, OPTIONS requests the server Trades data with a web server without reloading the page Security limitations apply Uses asynchronous data transfer (via HTTP requests) between the browser and the web server Same point of origin Allowing web pages to request small bits of information from the Can only connect to same domain as currently loaded server instead of whole pages page It is a browser technology independent of web server software 7 8 2
  • 3. XMLHttpRequest Properties onreadystatechange Receiving data (handle response) Defines a function to receive data returned by onreadystatechange the server after a request is sent readyState Must be set before sending request responseText The following code defines a function for this responseXML purpose (with an empty body for now) var xmlhttp = new XMLHttpRequest(); xmlhttp.onreadystatechange = function() { // code for receiving response data } 9 10 readyState Update the Function This property holds the status of the server's xmlhttp.onreadystatechange=function() response { Each time the readyState changes, the if (xmlhttp.readyState==4) onreadystatechange function will be executed { State description // Get the data from the server's response 0 The request is not initialized } 1 The request has been set up 2 The request has been sent } 3 The request is in process 4 The request is complete 11 12 3
  • 4. responseText responseXML Retrieve text data returned by the server Retrieve document data returned by the server Type: DOMString (readonly) Type: Document (readonly) xmlhttp.onreadystatechange=function() { var xmldoc=xmlhttp.responseXML.documentElement; if (xmlhttp.readyState==4) { You can access it as a DOM document document.getElementById(‘formentry’).value = As you did in A1 xmlhttp.responseText; } } 13 14 XMLHttpRequest Methods Execute the Ajax Function Asking for data (send request) Want it to run "behind the scenes" open() <script type="text/javascript"> Two required arguments function myajax() method (GET, POST, PUT, DELETE, HEAD, OPTION) { . . . /* all of the code from before */ . . . } server-side URI </script> send() <form> One argument <input type="text" onkeyup="myajax();" data to be sent (DOMString or Document) name="userdata" /> null for GET can be omitted <input type="text" id="formentry" /> </form> 15 16 4
  • 5. The Basic Ajax Process JavaScript Define an object for sending HTTP requests Initiate request Get request object Examples Designate a request handler function Supply as onreadystatechange attribute of request Initiate a GET or POST request Putting it Together Send data Handle response Wait for readyState of 4 and HTTP status of 200 Extract return text with responseText or responseXML Do something with result 17 18 The Basic Ajax Process (cont’d) Define a Request Object HTML var request; Loads JavaScript Designates control that initiates request function getRequestObject() { if (window.XMLHttpRequest) { Gives ids to input elements that will be read by script return(new XMLHttpRequest()); } else { return(null); } } Browsers that support it 19 20 5
  • 6. Initiate Request Handle Response function sendRequest() { function handleResponse() { request = getRequestObject(); Response handler if (request.readyState == 4) { function name request.onreadystatechange = alert(request.responseText); handleResponse; request.open("GET", "message-data.html", } true); } request.send(null); } URL of server-side resource Text of server Response is returned from server response (handler is invoked multiple times) Don't wait for response (Default). Data (null for GET) Send request asynchronously 21 22 Complete JavaScript Code XHTML Code (show-message.html) (show-message.js) var request; <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "..." "..." function getRequestObject() { if (window.ActiveXObject) { <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> return(new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP")); <head><title>Ajax: Simple Message</title> } else if (window.XMLHttpRequest) { <script src="show-message.js" return(new XMLHttpRequest()); } else { type="text/javascript"></script> return(null); </head> } <body><center> } <table border="1" bgcolor="gray"> function sendRequest() { // called in XHTML request = getRequestObject(); <tr><th>Ajax: Simple Message</th></tr> request.onreadystatechange = handleResponse; </table> request.open("GET", "message-data.html", true); <form action=""> request.send(null); } <input type="button" value="Show Message" function handleResponse() { onmouseover="sendRequest()"/> if (request.readyState == 4) { </form> alert(request.responseText); } </center></body></html> } 23 24 6
  • 7. XHTML Code (message-data.html) The Basic Process: Results Some random message 25 26 Cross-Browser XMLHttpRequest function getRequestObj() { var xmlHttp; try { // Firefox, Opera 8.0+, Safari xmlHttp=new XMLHttpRequest(); } catch (e) { // Internet Explorer try { High-level View xmlHttp=new ActiveXObject("Msxml2.XMLHTTP"); } catch (e) { try { xmlHttp=new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP"); } catch (e) { Frameworks alert("Your browser does not support AJAX!"); return null; } } } return xmlHttp; } 27 28 7
  • 8. Motivation Client-Side Frameworks I Challenges of Ajax Rico Browser compatibilities Designed for drag-and-drop actions, data grids, Repeated coding effort and what they term cinematic effects (moving widgets, fading a div, and so on) http://openrico.org scriptaculous Animation framework, drag and drop, Ajax controls, DOM utilities, and unit testing http://script.aculo.us/ 29 30 Client-Side Frameworks II Client-Side Frameworks III Dojo TIBET Focused on usability Client-side middleware and WYSIWYG tools For constructing web service clients, web portals, and http://www.dojotoolkit.org standalone or embedded device web applications qooxdoo (pronounced [’ku:ksdu:]) Provide support for Web Services, low-level protocols, and pre-built wrappers Sophisticated widgets that allow a thin Google, GMail, Zoe, Amazon, Blogger, Syndic8, Meerkat, application to incorporate rich UI features XIgnite http://qooxdoo.oss.schlund.de Fully interactive browser-based IDE that simplifies development, debugging, and unit testing http://www.technicalpursuit.com 31 32 8
  • 9. Simple Wrappers for XMLHttpRequest Client-Side Toolkits SACK (Simple Ajax Code Kit) Yahoo User Interface Library (YUI) Free JavaScript toolkit with some Ajax support http://twilightuniverse.com/projects/sack/ http://developer.yahoo.com/yui/ XHConn Google http://xkr.us/code/javascript/XHConn Google Ajax API Search, Feed, Map API http://code.google.com/apis/ajax/ Google Mapplet http://code.google.com/apis/maps/documentation/mapplets Google Web Toolkit Write code in Java, translate it to JavaScript http://code.google.com/webtoolkit/ 33 34 Server-side Framework I Server-side Framework II JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) SWATO (Shift Web Application TO) Text format used to exchange data Allows you to call server-side Java from a Like XML, but easier to manipulate browser http://json.org A set of reusable and well-integrated Java/JavaScript library Direct Web Remoting (DWR) Uses JSON to marshal data between the client Allows Javascript in a browser to interact with and server Java on a server and helps you manipulate web https://swato.dev.java.net/doc/html/ pages with the results http://getahead.org/dwr/ 35 36 9
  • 10. Server-side Framework III Ruby on Rails Allow rapid development of Web-based applications Rails has good support for Ajax with several Correction: REST built-in JavaScript libraries that wrap many common features The original slide is correct http://www.rubyonrails.org 37 38 Actions (Verbs) Controllers cannot have arbitrary verbs, only these: POST Create - create a new resource GET Retrieve - retrieve a representation of a resource PUT Update - update a resource DELETE Delete - delete a resource 39 10