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AJAX stands for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML. AJAX is a new technique for creating better, faster, and more interactive web applications with the help of XML, HTML, CSS and Java Script

PHP and AJAX Example

To understand how to access the information from the database using AJAX and PHP, here we are going to build MySQL queries on the fly and then display the result on "ajax.html". Before we proceed, let's first create a table using the following commands

CREATE TABLE `ajax_example` (
  `name` varchar(50) NOT NULL,
  `age` int(11) NOT NULL,
  `sex` varchar(1) NOT NULL,
  `wpm` int(11) NOT NULL,
  PRIMARY KEY  (`name`)

Now dump the following data into this table using the following SQL statements :

INSERT INTO `ajax_example` VALUES ('Jerry', 120, 'm', 20);
INSERT INTO `ajax_example` VALUES ('Regis', 75, 'm', 44);
INSERT INTO `ajax_example` VALUES ('Frank', 45, 'm', 87);
INSERT INTO `ajax_example` VALUES ('Jill', 22, 'f', 72);
INSERT INTO `ajax_example` VALUES ('Tracy', 27, 'f', 0);
INSERT INTO `ajax_example` VALUES ('Julie', 35, 'f', 90);

Client Side HTML file

Now let's have our client side HTML file which is ajax.html and it will have following code :

<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">
function ajaxFunction(){
 var ajaxRequest;  // The variable that makes Ajax possible!
   ajaxRequest = new XMLHttpRequest();
 }catch (e){
      ajaxRequest = new ActiveXObject("Msxml2.XMLHTTP");
   }catch (e) {
         ajaxRequest = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");
      }catch (e){
         alert("Your browser broke!");
         return false;
 ajaxRequest.onreadystatechange = function(){
   if(ajaxRequest.readyState == 4){
      var ajaxDisplay = document.getElementById('ajaxDiv');
      ajaxDisplay.innerHTML = ajaxRequest.responseText;
 var age = document.getElementById('age').value;
 var wpm = document.getElementById('wpm').value;
 var sex = document.getElementById('sex').value;
 var queryString = "?age=" + age ;
 queryString +=  "&wpm=" + wpm + "&sex=" + sex;"GET", "ajax-example.php" + 
                              queryString, true);
<form name='myForm'>
Max Age: <input type='text' id='age' /> <br />
Max WPM: <input type='text' id='wpm' />
<br />
Sex: <select id='sex'>
<option value="m">m</option>
<option value="f">f</option>
<input type='button' onclick='ajaxFunction()' 
                              value='Query MySQL'/>
<div id='ajaxDiv'>Your result will display Here</div>

NOTE : The way of passing variables in the Query is according to HTTP standard and the have formA


Server Side PHP file

$database_host = "localhost";
$database_user = "dbusername";
$database_password = "dbpassword";
$database_name = "dbname";
mysql_connect($database_host, $database_user, $database_password);
mysql_select_db($database_name) or die(mysql_error());
$age = $_GET['age'];
$sex = $_GET['sex'];
$wpm = $_GET['wpm'];
$age = mysql_real_escape_string($age);
$sex = mysql_real_escape_string($sex);
$wpm = mysql_real_escape_string($wpm);
$query = "SELECT * FROM ajax_example WHERE sex = '$sex'";
	$query .= " AND age <= $age";
	$query .= " AND wpm <= $wpm";
$qry_result = mysql_query($query) or die(mysql_error());

$display_string = "<table>";
$display_string .= "<tr>";
$display_string .= "<th>Name</th>";
$display_string .= "<th>Age</th>";
$display_string .= "<th>Sex</th>";
$display_string .= "<th>WPM</th>";
$display_string .= "</tr>";

while($row = mysql_fetch_array($qry_result)){
	$display_string .= "<tr>";
	$display_string .= "<td>$row[name]</td>";
	$display_string .= "<td>$row[age]</td>";
	$display_string .= "<td>$row[sex]</td>";
	$display_string .= "<td>$row[wpm]</td>";
	$display_string .= "</tr>";
echo "Query: " . $query . "<br />";
$display_string .= "</table>";
echo $display_string;

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