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Recipe: Loading XML

The original meaning of what was once the acronym AJAX was Asynchronous JavaScript And Xml. The XML part of this name slowly disappeared over time as HTML and JSON have become more popular alternatives (and thus, AJAX is technically no longer an acronym).

If you still want to communicate with the server by using XML, you certainly can. Listing 5.11 demonstrates that jQuery even makes it easy for you to read the XML. It works similarly to selecting HTML elements.

Listing 5.11. Reading XML Values Returned by the Server by Using jQuery

00 <!DOCTYPE html>
01
02 <html lang="en">
03 <head>
04   <title>Get XML from server</title>
05 </head>
06 <body>
07
08 <h2>Press the button to perform the request.</h2>
09
10 <button id="trigger">GET</button>
11 <br>
12 <div id="target">
13
14
15 <script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.7.2.min.js"></script>
16
17 <script>
18 // please externalize this code to an external .js file
19 $(document).ready(function() {
20
21   $('#trigger').click(function() {
22
23     $.get('11a-test-values', function(data) {
24
25       $('#target').append('The returned value is: ' +
26          $(data).find('name').text());
27     });
28
29   });
30
31 });
32 </script>
33 </body>
34 </html>

Line 26 uses jQuery constructions to read from the XML. The following snippet contains the XML returned by the server:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
<root>
   <name>Adriaan de Jonge</name>
   <email>adriaandejonge@gmail.com</email>
</root>

Imagine working with a larger XML example. Using jQuery functions such as those that have been shown, it remains manageable.

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