Naveen Naveen - 4 years ago 182
jQuery Question

How to know which element in body triggered AJAX request in jQuery

I'm working on an app and trying to use the Facebook behavior for an AJAX request. In Facebook you get a nice loading image next to the icon which triggers the AJAX request. Well, it's pretty simple to implement if you have 1-2 elements in the page.

I want to make it generic and would like that whenever any element triggers an AJAX request, I want to show a small GIF next to it. For this, I thought the AjaxSend event of jQuery would be good enough, but alas it doesn't give me a handle of the object which triggered the AJAX call. I would like to know if it is possible via some method of jQuery to know which element triggered the AJAX call and also to get the same handle when the AJAX call is completed.

If you feel my approach to the problem is not correct, I would love to hear your suggestions.

Answer Source

If you want to use the ajax request handlers, an id will need to be assigned (manually or automatically) to the element that triggered the event. You could then send this id as an additional key-value pair in the request (element_id:THEID) and grab it with various substring methods in the ajax request handlers.

Example:

<script type="text/javascript">

    $(document).ready(function(){

        $("input").click(function(){

            var newid = (create a custom id with date and time);

            $(this).attr("id", newid);
            $.post("handler.php", {element_id : $(this).attr("id")});
        });

   }).ajaxSend(function(e, xhr, settings){

        var start_position = settings.data.indexOf("element_id");
        var equalsign_position = settings.data.indexOf("=", start_position);
        var ampersand_position = settings.data.indexOf("&", start_position);

        var element_id;
        if(ampersand_position == -1){
            element_id = settings.data.substr(equalsign_position+1);
        } else {
            element_id = settings.data.substr(equalsign_position+1, ampersand_position-equalsign_position-1);
        }

        $("#"+element_id).after("<div id='div"+element_id+"'><img src='loading_start.png' /></div>");

    }).ajaxComplete(function(e, xhr, settings) {

        var start_position = settings.data.indexOf("element_id");
        var equalsign_position = settings.data.indexOf("=", start_position);
        var ampersand_position = settings.data.indexOf("&", start_position);

        var element_id;
        if(ampersand_position == -1){
            element_id = settings.data.substr(equalsign_position+1);
        } else {
            element_id = settings.data.substr(equalsign_position+1, ampersand_position-equalsign_position-1);
        }

        $("#div"+element_id).remove();


    });

    </script>

    <input type="button" value="Save" />

The alternative is handling the appearing and disappearing of the loading image in each event handler (but I seem to understand you have too many of them?), like this:

<script type="text/javascript">

    $(document).ready(function(){

        $("input").click(function(){


            var element_id = (generate custom id);

            $(this).after("<div id='div"+element_id+"'><img src='loading_start.png' /></div>");

            $.post("handler.php", {var:"hello"}, function(){
                $("#div"+element_id).remove();
            });

        });
    })
</script>
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