Jakub Arnold Jakub Arnold - 8 days ago 6
Ajax Question

GET vs POST in Ajax

What is the difference between GET and POST for Ajax requests?

I don't see any difference between those two, except that when I use GET, the parameters are send in URL, which for me don't really make any difference, since all requests are made on background and user doesn't find any difference.

edit:
What are PUT and DELETE methods used for?

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Answer

GET is designed for getting data from the server. POST (and lesser-known friends PUT and DELETE) are designed for modifying data on the server.

A GET request should never cause data to be removed from an application. If you have a link you can click on with a GET to remove data, then Google spidering your site could click on all your "Delete" links.

The canonical answer can be found here, which quotes the HTML 2.0 spec:

If the processing of a form is idempotent (i.e. it has no lasting observable effect on the state of the world), then the form method should be GET. Many database searches have no visible side-effects and make ideal applications of query forms.

If the service associated with the processing of a form has side effects (for example, modification of a database or subscription to a service), the method should be POST.

In your AJAX call, you need to use whatever method your server supports. You should always design your server so that operations that modify data are called by POST/PUT/DELETE. Other comments have links to REST, which generally maps C/R/U/D to "POST or PUT"(Create)/GET(Read)/PUT(Update)/DELETE(Delete).

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