I am using webatu.com as a host for this site (because it is free and gives my php and myql).Hopefully one day I will actually be able to afford to get some real hosting but this will do for now. I have had no problems with it at all fingers crossed.I was wondering for ages why the autocomplete on my searchbox wasn’t firing properly(jquery loves to fail silently not giving you any trace at all). I checked the GET requests and noticed that the JSON string that my search file was returning was getting some html comment tags added to it by webatu so jquery wasn’t recognising it as proper JSON and so was failing.Here is the fix:

{.js name="code"} var $search = $('#search');//Cache the element for faster DOM searching since we are using it more than once //set up autocompletion of searches (a very long way to get round webatu adding html comments to everything) $search.autocomplete({ minLength: 2, source: function(request, response) { if ( request.term in cache ) { response( cache[ request.term ] ); return; } $.ajax({ url: "/includes/tags.php", dataType: "html", data:request, success: function( data ) { //todo:avoid running 3 seperate regex data = data.replace(/ )]+-->/g, '').replace(/]*>(.*?)</script>/i, '').replace(/]*>(.*?)</noscript>/i, '') //we've run the regex to get standard json, now parse it var jsonObject = jQuery.parseJSON(data) cache[ request.term ] = jsonObject; response( jsonObject ); } }); } });


Matt Reid

Lead Software Architect. Java/Node enthusiast, badminton lover, foodie.

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