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jQuery Auto-Complete in Interchange

By Jeff Boes
September 13, 2010

“When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”

Recently, I’ve taken some intermediate steps in using jQuery for web work, in conjunction with Interchange and non-Interchange pages. (I’d done some beginner stuff, but now I’m starting to see nails, nails, and more nails.)

Here’s how easy it was to add an auto-complete field to an IC admin page. In this particular application, a <select> box would have been rather unwieldy, as there were 400+ values that could be displayed.

<script src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.4.2/jquery.min.js"

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://dev.jquery.com/view/trunk/plugins/autocomplete/lib/jquery.bgiframe.min.js"></script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://dev.jquery.com/view/trunk/plugins/autocomplete/lib/jquery.dimensions.js"></script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://dev.jquery.com/view/trunk/plugins/autocomplete/jquery.autocomplete.js"></script>

That’s the requisite header stuff. Then you set up the internal list of autocomplete terms:

The [perl] block just needs to emit a space-delimited list of the autocomplete terms. For instance,

[perl table=“foo”]

return join(' ‘, map { $_->[0] }

@{ $Db{foo}->query('SELECT keycol FROM foo ORDER BY 1') });


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