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STRUTS and Ajax

jonathan brenner

Joined: Apr 07, 2008
Posts: 2

I'm using STRUTS 1.2 and the "javawebparts ajaxparts" taglib.
I'm trying to implement 'please wait' functionality in a JSP page.
I wrote a Action/JSP page that has two display modes.
The first display mode displays a 'please wait' graphic inside a DIV.
At the end of this page display mode, I manually kick off an Ajax request for the same Action/JSP with a special flag in a hidden form element that tells the JSP to display in a different mode.
This new content is displayed inside the DIV described.

Everything I described so far is working, but when I post back the form on the JSP page, I always get the same form values, even if I modify them with JavaScript on the client.


<html:hidden property="operation" value="update" />

When I check the parameter value on the server as follows:

It always returns the string "update" even if I change the value on the client (browser) via Javascript.

Since the form elements in question are outside the DIV, this would not seem to be AJAX related, but I have not been able to solve this problem.
I'm wondering if there's something about the STRUTS framework that I'm missing.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Anirvan Majumdar
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Joined: Feb 22, 2005
Posts: 261
It could be possible that your AJAX calls are getting cached by the browser. That is why you receive the same response from the server inspite of making changes at the client end.

I suggest that you add the following line to the server method which handles your AJAX call. Put this line before you flush the response.

That should fix your problem.
Anubhav Anand
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Joined: May 18, 2007
Posts: 341

Jonathan Brenner,
Welcome to JavaRanch.

Well, as suggested by Anirvan it sounds like a caching problem.
But adding only one line may not solve the problem as
response.setHeader("Cache-Control", "no-cache");
corresponds to HTTP 1.1 and may not work in certain scenarios and especially when your proxy server maybe caching data.

You should set the following:

Hope that helps.
jonathan brenner

Joined: Apr 07, 2008
Posts: 2
Thanks for the prompt replies!

I figured out the issue, and it wasn't caching.
I had declared the hidden form element outside the conditional logic that determined which of the two display modes to render, so it was being rendered twice with the same name.
When I changed the hidden input to an input type=text, the problem immediately became apparent.
I wish there were a way to "view source" on an HTML page that displayed the current innerHTML content of a DIV; that would make it much easier to debug this sort of thing.

Thanks again!
Anirvan Majumdar
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Joined: Feb 22, 2005
Posts: 261
Oh well,
you could always check out the view source chart plugin for Firefox which allows you to view the source of an HTML page even if the DOM is being dynamically altered.
I agree. Here's the link:
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