Scott Scott - 3 months ago 22
jQuery Question

Invalid JSON primitive: id

I cannot get the following function to work properly. It seems to be serializing it wrong. This is about the 5th iteration of different data variants. I was originally just doing data: {'id': id} like I do at work with WCF, but with the ASMX it just isn't working. It looks like it's serializing teh data as id=1234 instead of id:1234, but I'm fairly new to this. Any help would be appreciated. Oh, and I can call the service directly in the browser and it returns the data properly so I know it's not the service.

function getVentID(id) {
//look up id in database and get VentID
alert('id: ' + id);
var jsdata = { "id": + id}
$.ajax({
type: 'POST',
contentType: 'application/json; charset=utf-8',
url: 'services/UserService.asmx/getVentID',
data: jsdata,
dataType: 'json',
success: function (msg) {
alert(msg.d);
},
error: function (a, b, c) {
alert('Error: ' + a.toString() + ' ' + b.toString() + " " + c.toString());
}
});
}


p.s. I know there are like 10 identical questions but none of them have answers that I could find or that worked for me.

Answer

The simplest possible fix would be to change the line beginning var jsdata to:

var jsdata = '{id:' + id + '}';

The problem is that jQuery is encoding jsdata as form data, not as json. The dataType parameter influences how the response is parsed, not how the POST data is encoded.

There's not actually any JSON serialization code in jQuery to the best of my knowledge. Apparently John Resig suggests using Douglas Crockford's json2.js.

To use it, add a script reference to json.js and then:

var jstext = JSON.stringify(jsdata, null, 2);