Javascript Function (Not using a form post) To Call Servlet (where no return values are needed)

Posted on 2008-06-20
Last Modified: 2013-11-24

I simply want to call a servlet from a javascript function.  My javascript function is not part of a form post.
The javascript function gets called from a Flash client actually.  My servlet takes a few parameters and is
expected to simply perform an update on the server side.  No html is returned for display and is not needed.

I tried something like this.:

function jsfunction()

This doesn't work.  What is the easiest way to do this?  It needs to make the call and NOT WAIT for a response, as I my client is displaying a Flash container, and I do not want execution cycles waiting for
a return.

Please do not get involved in what my Flash client is doing and why I have it....I just need the javascript
to servlet solution without WAIT.


Question by:danw11
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Your URL points me to a solution that is meant to update part of the DOM for changing the display
of the form.  I want a call to a servlet that does not call a callback() function.  In the example the validate()
function calls the server side.  That is good, but I don't want anything called back on the Javascript side.

Why do I need AJAX for this????

Can we do it without that?

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HonorGod earned 500 total points
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Well, Ajax, by definition, allows your program to send a request to a service
application.  You can certainly have an empty callback function, something
along the lines of

  // Ajax routines for service contact
  var xmlHttp;
  // Name: createXMLHttpRequest()
  // Role: Create the XML Request Object used by the Ajax routines
  function createXMLHttpRequest() {
    if ( window.ActiveXObject ) {
      xmlHttp = new ActiveXObject( "Microsoft.XMLHTTP" );
    } else if ( window.XMLHttpRequest ) {
      xmlHttp = new XMLHttpRequest();
  // Name: getInfo()
  // Role: Issue the request to the service
  function getInfo( val ) {
    var queryString = "/ContextRoot/ServiceName?ParmName=" + val;
    xmlHttp.onreadystatechange = handleStateChange; "GET", queryString, true );
    xmlHttp.send( null );
  // Name: handleStateChange()
  // Role: Callback routine invoked when XML Request state changes
  function handleStateChange() {

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Honor God:

Excellent.  It works.  And, I now see the difference between my original attempt.:


and the AJAX solution.  The former actually redirects the browser to the URL for the servlet, which is
completely undesirable.  The latter (your AJAX solution) calls the servlet as expected without any


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Glad to be of some help.  Thanks for the grade & points.

Good luck & have a great day.

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