Last piece of the pie! javascript no longer works after page.replace_html


#1

Hi there,

I have one last remaining problem to solve before I’m code complete on
an application I’ve been working on for a few months, and I need your
help.

I have a page that contains a list of entries and a form at the top
that uses form_remote_tag to allow users to add new entries via AJAX.
When the user submits the form, the list of entries is updated from
the controller using render :update and the same partial that was used
to initially render the page. The entries in the list are draggable,
at least they are BEFORE the entry list is updated as a result of AJAX
call.

After the AJAX call is complete, the list entries are no longer
draggable. I am using jQuery and Prototype, jQuery for the drag and
drop. The javascript drag and drop code is in my application.js
file. If i move the javascript in-line into the partial that
generates the list of entries, after a form submit, the entries are
still draggable, but that has its own set of problems and i don’t want
to do that.

Why would the drag and drop no longer work after the AJAX call when
I’m using the same partial that was used to render the page when all
the drag and drop javascript is in the application.js?

I tried as an alternate solution using :update as part of the
form_remote_tag in the view but that didn’t work either.

Any help solving this last problem would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,
-A


#2

On Oct 10, 4:12 pm, ressister removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

to initially render the page. The entries in the list are draggable,

Why would the drag and drop no longer work after the AJAX call when
I’m using the same partial that was used to render the page when all
the drag and drop javascript is in the application.js?

Presumably when you load the page the first time round, some sort of
initialisation occurs that marks the elements as draggable (ie
installs various event handlers and what not).
When you replace the list, you would need to do that initialisation on
the new dom elements.

Fred


#3

Good point. Right now, the jQuery drag and drop javascript code is
not inside a function in application.js. I’m not all that experienced
with Javascript. Would i need to wrap the drag and drop code inside a
function that’s called when the partial is displayed to re-initialize
the event handlers etc? Can you give me an example of how to do
that? I’m happy to post my drag-and-drop javascript code if that will
help.

Thanks Fred,
-A

On Oct 10, 11:19 am, Frederick C. removed_email_address@domain.invalid


#4

On Oct 10, 4:34 pm, ressister removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

Good point. Right now, the jQuery drag and drop javascript code is
not inside a function in application.js. I’m not all that experienced
with Javascript. Would i need to wrap the drag and drop code inside a
function that’s called when the partial is displayed to re-initialize
the event handlers etc?

Something like that. Exactly what goes where is likely to depend on
what your drag and drop code looks like.

Can you give me an example of how to do
that? I’m happy to post my drag-and-drop javascript code if that will
help.

form_remote_tag etc… take a bunch of options, in particular :success
is a javascript fragment that is evaluated when the ajax call has
succeeded. In this case it should probably do whatever initialization
you need to make things work

Fred


#5

Hi all

I have the exact same problem here… I have a javascript lightwindow
video player which will not work when called inside a partial, and will
work otherwise…

any more insight into how to reinitialize the javascript having loaded
the partial would be useful…

I will continue to investigate nonetheless

cheers


#6

Thanks Fred, here’s what I got…

My application.js file looks like this (below is the drag and drop
code)…

jQuery(document).ready(function(){
jQuery(".block").draggable({
helper: ‘clone’,
revert: true});
jQuery(".drop").droppable({
accept: “.block”,
tolerance: “pointer”,
activeClass: ‘droppable-active’,
hoverClass: ‘droppable-hover’,
drop: function(ev, ui) {
var entryID =
jQuery(ui.draggable).attr(“id”).replace(‘entry_’,’’);
var dropCategoryID =
jQuery(this).attr(“id”).replace(‘category_’,’’);
var origCategoryID = jQuery(’#current_category_’ +
entryID).attr(“class”);
var categoryColor =
jQuery(this).attr(“style”).replace(‘background:
‘,’’);
var dropCatCount = jQuery(’#category_’ + dropCategoryID + ’
span:first’).html()
var origCatCount = jQuery(’#category_’ + origCategoryID + ’
span:first’).html()
if (dropCategoryID != origCategoryID) {
if (origCategoryID == ‘none’) {
dropCatCount++
jQuery(’#category_’ + dropCategoryID + ’
span:first’).html(dropCatCount)
}
else {
dropCatCount++
origCatCount–
jQuery(’#category_’ + dropCategoryID + ’
span:first’).html(dropCatCount)
jQuery(’#category_’ + origCategoryID + ’
span:first’).html(origCatCount)
jQuery(’#current_category_’ +
entryID).removeClass(origCategoryID).addClass(dropCategoryID)
/* you need to update the origCategoryID /
}
}
/
this deals with FireFox */
var testHex = /[#]/.test(categoryColor)
if (testHex == false) {
categoryColor = RGBToHex(categoryColor);
}
jQuery(’#entry_cat_’ + entryID).css(“background-color”,
categoryColor);
jQuery.ajaxSetup({
data: { authenticity_token : AUTH_TOKEN }
})
jQuery.ajax({
type: “POST”,
url: (“entries/entry_categorize?entry=” + entryID + “&category=”

  • dropCategoryID),
    dataType: “script”
    })
    }
    });
    });

In my view, my form_remote_tag code looks like this…

<% form_remote_tag(:url => {:id => current_user.id},
:html => {:name => ‘new_entry_form’},
:update => ‘user_entries’,
:complete => “reset(‘new_entry_form’)”
) do %>

I tried wrapping the drag and drop code that i pasted above which
lives in application.js inside a function named initiateDragDrop, but
as I said, my javascript isn’t strong, so I’m not sure that I did it
correctly. I then added ":success => “initiateDragDrop()” to my
form_remote_tag expecting that the drag and drop would work after I
posted the form, but it didn’t.

What am i doing wrong?

Thanks,
-A

On Oct 10, 12:25 pm, Frederick C. removed_email_address@domain.invalid