eri eri - 1 month ago 5
Ajax Question

How to use ajax in codeigniter?

I am trying to make a very simple php chat for my website with CodeIgniter and Ajax. The messages are saved in a html file, not in a database table. Whenever I click the send button, the page refreshes, even though it's not supossed to and I don't know what's wrong.
Here is my code:
My controller code:

class Chat_con extends CI_Controller{

function construct(){
parent::_construct();

}

public function index(){
$this->load->model('login_model');

$d['info']=$this->login_model->display_user_data();//this info is sent to view to display the username of the person who is using the chat
$d['message']=$this->read_conv();
$this->load->view('chat_view',$d);
}
function write_conv() {
$this->load->helper('directory');
$this->load->helper('url');
$this->load->helper('file');
$this->path = "application" . DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR . "files"
. DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR;
$this->file = $this->path . "log.html";
$m=$this->input->post('usermsg');
$u=$this->session->userdata('username');
write_file($this->file,"<div class='msgln'>(".date("g:i A").") <b>".$u."</b>: ".stripslashes(htmlspecialchars($m))."<br></div>",'a');
$this->index();

}

function read_conv(){
$this->load->helper('directory');
$this->load->helper('url');
$this->load->helper('file');
$this->path = "application" . DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR . "files"
. DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR;
$this->file = $this->path . "log.html";
$string = read_file($this->file);
return $string;
}

}


Part of my view:

<div id="chatbox">//this is the div where the messages are displayed
<?php echo $message; ?></div>

//this is the form
<form name="message" id="message"action="<?php echo base_url();?
>chat_con/write_conv" method='post'>
<input name="usermsg" type="text" id="usermsg" size="63" /> <input
name="submitmsg" type="submit" id="submitmsg" value="Send" />
</form>


//The script

<script type="text/javascript">
$(document).ready(function() {
$("#message").submit(function(e) {
e.preventDefault();
var postData = $(#message).serializeArray();
var formActionURL = $(this).attr("action");
$.ajax({

url: formActionURL,
type: "POST",
data: postData,
}).done(function(data) {
alert("success");
}).fail(function() {
alert("error");
}).always(function() {
$("#submitmsg").val('submit');
});
});
}
</script>

Answer

Well actually you really do have a few errors. You are just not looking at them. When you are performing anything JQuery/Javascript related you need to be able to view what is going on.

Look up how to debug using your browser

Personally, I like to you use firefox with the plugin called firebug.

So I have taken your code and simplified it ( I wont comment about the rest of the php) , found the mistakes, fixed them and I've had a little play with it to help demonstrate a couple of things. There are many more to learn...

But so you don't end up tearing your hair out, this is what I came up with to debug this.

The Controller

class Chat_con extends CI_Controller {

    public function __construct() { // This didn't have any __ at all
        parent::__construct(); // error here only one _ not two __
        $this->load->helper('url');
    }

    public function index() {
        $d['info']    = 'Dummy Info';
        $d['message'] = 'What are you going to say?';
        $this->load->view('chat_con_view', $d); //
    }

    /**
     * Process the AJAX Call and send back an HTML Response
     *
     */
    public function write_conv() {
        echo "I said " .$this->input->post('usermsg');
    }
}

The View

<div id="chatbox">
    <?php echo $message; ?>
</div>

<form name="message" id="message" action="<?php echo base_url(); ?>chat_con/write_conv" method="post">
    <input name="usermsg" type="text" id="usermsg" size="63"/>
    <input name="submitmsg" type="submit" id="submitmsg" value="Send"/>
</form>

<script src="<?= base_url(); ?>assets/js/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
    $(document).ready(function () {
        $("#message").submit(function (e) {
            console.log("The Submit button was pressed - that is a good sign.");
            e.preventDefault();
            var postData = $('#message').serializeArray();
            var formActionURL = $(this).attr("action");
            console.log("postData = " + JSON.stringify(postData));
            console.log("formActionURL = " + formActionURL);
            $.ajax({
                url: formActionURL,
                type: "POST",
                data: postData,
            }).done(function (data) {
                $('#chatbox').html(data);
                alert("success");
            }).fail(function () {
                alert("error");
            }).always(function () {
                $("#submitmsg").val('submit');
            });
        });
    });
</script>

PS. Please compare this against what you had so you can see what mistakes you had made and ask yourself, "why weren't they leaping out of my screen at me?" (I like to be overly dramatic at times).

There's more I can say, but hopefully this will show you how to at least debug something like this, and remember to go and find out how to use your browsers developers console. It will help in every way.

Cheers.

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