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Ajax demonstration - a dynamically updating status page.
Web2 and caching example from a Well House Consultants training course
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   • Javascript/HTML example, dynamic server monitor - [link]

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This example references the following resources:
http://www.wellho.net/course/ptfull.html
http://www.wellho.net/mouth/1812_Starting-Ajax-easy-example-

Source code: ajaxstatus.html Module: H307
<html>
<head>
<title>Updating status page using Ajax</title>
<style>
* {   font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
        font-size: 10px; }
h1 {   font-size: 20px; }
#result { background-color: #DDDDFF;}
</style>
<script type=text/javascript language=javascript>
<!-- Hide Javascript on old browsers

var cycles = 0;
var histo = [];
histo[0] = "Server Status - www.wellho.net<br />";

function aboutlang() {

/* Get back the server status */

        var thistime;
        var rqo = new XMLHttpRequest();
        rqo.open('GET',"rs.php",false);
        rqo.send(null);

/* Schedule another status request unless the demo is complete */

        cycles++;
        if (cycles <= 20)
                {
                setTimeout('aboutlang()',10000);
                thistime = cycles.toString()+" &bull; "+rqo.responseText+"<br />";
                }
        else
                {
                thistime = "Demonstration completed";
                }

/* Push the new report onto the queue and remove an old one if
necessary.   Also join up the array to make the HTML to display */

        histo.push(thistime);
        var report = histo.join("");
        if (histo.length > 8) {
                histo.splice(1,1);
                }

/* Display the modified HTML */

        document.getElementById("result").innerHTML = report;
        return false;
}

-->
</script>
</head>
<body onload="aboutlang()">
<h1>Keeping tabs on our server ...</h1>
<table width=100%><tr><td valign=top width=50%
style='background-color: #DDDDFF;'>
<p id="result">Rolling Server Status</p>
</td><td valign=top width=50%>
<b>What does the data mean?</b> ...  Here is a sample:<br />
5 &bull; 11:08:59 &bull; 4 5 6 8 8 4 5 6 8 6 &bull; 26 d
7:48 &bull; 1 user &bull; 0.17, 0.22, 0.19 <br><br>
&bull; <b>5</b> - 5th record in the current run / sequence<br>
&bull; <b>11:08:59</b> - report time hours, minutes, seconds on the server<br>
&bull; <b>4 5 6 ... 6</b> - 4 logged URLs requested in last 10
seconds, 5 in previous 10s ...<br>
&bull; <b>26 d 7:48</b> - the time the server has been running (d=days)<br>
&bull; <b>1 user</b> - there is one person logged in to maintain the server<br>
&bull; <b>0.17, 0.22, 0.19</b> - server load averages for last 1 5 &amp; 15
mins (per uptime)
</td></tr></table>
<hr />
A fresh line is added to the server status above every 10 seconds.
For the purpose of this demonstration, we have limited the updates
to 20 times, and we are displaying just the last eight reports at any time.
There's no reason in principle while you could not run this as a
continual monitor.<br /><br />

This example uses Ajax technology (client side Javascript interacting
with PHP on the server via an XMLHttpRequest object) to allow the
page to be dynamically updated - prior to this use of JavaScript
and the XMLHttpdRequest object, such interaction was impractical and
you had to use HTML frames, or reload the whole page. These techniques
are taught on our <a href=http://www.wellho.net/course/ptfull.html>PHP
Techniques Workshop</a>. We also offer some early Javascript / Ajax
tutorials on line, starting <a
href=http://www.wellho.net/mouth/1812_Starting-Ajax-easy-example-
of-browser-calling-up-server-data.html>here</a>
</body>
</html>

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