troubleshooting Question

onreadystatechange Event Stops Firing

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Brian BushFlag for United States of America asked on
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I am trying to set up a couple of ajax functions to reuse the XMLHttpRequest object. In this example, I have a function that runs on an interval. It fires the event handler just fine the first time through. The second time, the ajax sends back to the server and returns data, but the event handler is not run. Any ideas why?
var xmlHttpRequest;
function ajaxGet(uri, isAsync) {
	if (typeof(xmlHttpRequest) == 'undefined') {
		if (window.XMLHttpRequest) { // Mozilla, Safari,...
			xmlHttpRequest = new XMLHttpRequest();
		} else if (window.ActiveXObject) { // IE
			try {
				xmlHttpRequest = new ActiveXObject("Msxml2.XMLHTTP");
			} catch (e) {
				try {
					xmlHttpRequest = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");
				} catch (e) {}
	xmlHttpRequest.onreadystatechange = ajaxListener;"GET", uri, isAsync);
function ajaxListener() {
	if (xmlHttpRequest.readyState == 4 && xmlHttpRequest.status == 200) {
		alert("response: " + xmlHttpRequest.responseText);
function getHttpUpdates() {
	ajaxGet("AjaxServlet?do=getUpdates", true);
window.setInterval(getHttpUpdates, 5000);
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