consuming Rest api using JQuery?


I am trying to consume the rest api using Jquery.

This rest api requires id/pw to access it.
I am using the following jquery lib.

I have IE 8.
1) window.btoa() is not recognized.
2) Does this code look OK?

   type: "GET", 		
   url: "http://mycompanydomain:9080/bgrestapi/search?pattern=dna",
   dataType: "xml",		
   headers: {"Authorization": make_base_auth(userId, password)},
   //beforeSend: function (xhr){ 
	 //    xhr.setRequestHeader('Authorization', make_base_auth(userId,   password)); 
	   // },
   timeout: 50000, 
   success:function(data,status,response) {
	//var tmp=response.responseText; 
              // $('#response').text(tmp);

   error: errorCallback }); 

function errorCallback(response, ioArgs){				
	if ( response.status == 0 ){
		alert("Cannot connect to RestAPI (Timeout Expired) !");

	else {
		alert("Error Occurred, HTTP status code: " + ioArgs.xhr.status );
function make_base_auth(user, password) {
	   alert("IN make_base_auth");
	  var tok = user + ':' + password;
	 var hashName = "Basic " + window.btoa(tok);    <===this btoa() is not recognized
	 //var hash = "Basic " + base64.encode(tok);  <===this base64  is not recognized

          alert("OUT make_base_aut---->" + hashName);

	  return hashName;

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Scott FellDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
It looks like you need internet explorer 10

There are some options to encrypt using js here but if you are worried about others seeing your username and password, you would be best off doing this server side.
dkim18Author Commented:
How can I add it without encoding it?
Is this right?

 headers: {"Authorization": "Basic username:password"},
dkim18Author Commented:
I meant without encrypting it.
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dkim18Author Commented:
I also tried this
data: '{"username: meta, password:data"}',      

and I am getting Cannot connect to RestAPI (Timeout Expired) error.

function errorCallback(response, ioArgs){				
	if ( response.status == 0 ){
		alert("Cannot connect to RestAPI (Timeout Expired) !");

	else {
		alert("Error Occurred, HTTP status code: " + ioArgs.xhr.status );

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Scott FellDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
What is the rest api calling for?  Is it calling for a hash or encryption?

If you note the url starts with http not https so it is not going to be sent encrypted, "http://mycompanydomain:9080/bgrestapi/search?pattern=dna"

If your api is calling for a username "foo" and password "bar" then you would need to send over "foo" "bar" and not encrypt it before hand.  Some api's may have you send over a username, password and key which may be a hash of items like username+secret+data.
dkim18Author Commented:
Can I ask one more question?

So to test if I can make the connnection to the Rest API web serivce,

I used the Dojo.js & dojox.base64.js to handle the encryption.

Now I am getting connection time out error.
How can I debug this?
Is this username and password issue?

basically, I am testing this from my laptop and the Rest API is sitting on our company domain.
Scott FellDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
It looks like the error is something you are generating.  Use a browser console to debug.  I don't know if ie8 can do that but firefox has firebug and chrome both have a console where you can view any errors and view the full response. In Chrome, if you go to View > Developer Tools then click on the Network tab.  Run your page and you will be able to see the page that you posted to.  If you click on that, you can view what you sent the the response.

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