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Ajax and Servlets

rakesh sugirtharaj
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Joined: Dec 16, 2007
Posts: 151
Hi All,

I m new to Ajax. I m trying to print some string in a text field which i get from my servlet.

response.getWriter().write("sample output");

I have set the content type as text.

In my javascript i ve the following code

ajaxRequest.onreadystatechange = function(){
if(ajaxRequest.readyState == 4){
document.myForm.time.value = ajaxRequest.responseText;
}"GET", "http://localhost:8080/SampleServletProject/", true);

i ve a text field in my html that calls this method.

I m able to get the text output when i directly run the servlet in my mozilla. But not in the text field that i want. What is the error here?
Should i include any request header in my XMLHttpRequest object?

Thanks in advance

Ben Souther

Joined: Dec 11, 2004
Posts: 13410

If the servlet is working when you call it directly from a servlet then the problem is more likely on the client side.

Moving to our HTML/Javascript forum where client side code is normally discussed.

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Mike Firkser
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Joined: Oct 21, 2003
Posts: 248

One thing I quickly saw is you need to add a nested if in there:

That checks to make sure you got a good response. I also also added some alerts in there that may help troubleshoot.

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Bear Bibeault
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rakesh sugirtharaj, please be sure to use UBB code tags when posting code to the forums. Unformatted code is extermely hard to read and most people will just go elsewhere. Please read this for more information.

You can go back and change your post to add code tags by clicking the .

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Bear Bibeault
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Joined: Jan 10, 2002
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Since the subject of this week's book promotion is jQuery, I'll point out that jQuery's Ajax handling is top-notch and handles a lot of these nuances for you. When using "raw" Ajax there are so many nuances that could go wrong that at this stage of the game, it makes little sense to not use a library that has already worked these kinks out for you.

I haven't written "raw" Ajax code in years -- first I employed Prototype for my Ajax needs, and now I've switched to jQuery.
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