Introduction to AJAX with jQuery

Setup and Administrivia

In Theory

Let’s talk about the following:

  • A review about how HTTP even works
  • The difference between “normal” HTTP requests and AJAX requests
  • A cursory discussion of what it means for code to be asynchronous.

In Practice

In addition to DOM manipulation, jQuery also provides a pleasant abstraction over sending AJAX calls to the server.


This method takes a number of different options.

  method: 'POST',
  dataType: 'json',
  url: '/api/v1/messages',
  data: JSON.parse({ user: 'Steve', message: 'I am a banana.' }),
  success: function (data) {
    console.log('Message was sent successfully.', data);
  error: function (error) {
    console.error('There was some kind of error.', error);

Wow, that’s a lot. Generally speaking, we don’t use this method a lot because there are more convenient methods available to us.

  • $.get()
  • $.getJSON()
  • $.post()

These are just sugar over the big, gnarly method we saw earlier. $.get() will always send a GET request. $.post() will always send a POST request.

Three Different Ways

  1. The long way (see above).
  2. Callbacks
  3. Promises


All together, we’ll implement the ability to post messages to the API.

Your Turn

With your pair, try the following:

  • Get all of the messages from the server and display them on the page.
  • Implement the ability to delete a message.
  • Implement the ability to update a message.