[thelist] ajax example - php / mysql

Christian Heilmann codepo8 at gmail.com
Fri May 21 02:01:52 CDT 2010

On 21/05/2010 04:55, Bob Meetin wrote:
> Jay Turley wrote:
>> Bob-
>> Are you set on using the raw XMLHttpRequest object? Or are you open to
>> using a framework like jQuery?
>> Granted there's some overhead associated with loading it, but once you
>> open the door to AJAX, the next thing you know, there's progressive
>> enhancement all over your pages.
>> -Jay
> It's hard to be set on something when you are a complete novice.  
> Almost all of my websites are in Joomla which makes extensive use of 
> MooTools and some components, jQuery. I know there can be conflicts if 
> you aren't savvy about MooTools and jQuery, but in either case I'm not 
> a JavaScript coder.
> At this point I would just like to see a couple simple working 
> examples which interact with the database that I can tinker with.
> -Bob
How about that then?

Instead of hello world make your PHP do the database stuff you want - 
Ajax is just a way to get to the data - you cannot access a MySQL DB in 

In my book I explain Ajax from start to end and here is the code which 
is not hard to read either: 

If you want a longer, gentle introduction this smashingmag article might 


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