Monitoring server status - AJAX

The XMLHTTPRequest object contains mechanisms by which we can stay informed of the progress of our Ajax request and determine when the information returned by the server is ready to use in our application.

Let’s now have a look at the relevant properties.

The readyState Property
The readyState property of the XMLHTTPRequest object gives you information from the server about the current state of a request you have made.This property is monitored by the onreadystatechange property, and changes in the value of readyState cause onreadystatechange to become true and therefore cause the appropriate function (responseAjax() in our example) to be executed.

readyState can take the following values:
0 = uninitialized
1 = loading
2 = loaded
3 = interactive
4 = completed
When a server request is first made, the value of readyState is set tozero, meaning uninitialized.

As the server request progresses, data begins to be loaded by the server into the XMLHTTPRequest object, and the value of the readyState property changes accordingly, moving to 1 and then 2.

An object readyState value of 3, interactive, indicates that the object is sufficiently progressed so that certain interactivity with it is possible, though the process is not yet fully complete.

When the server request has completed fully and the object is available for further processing, the value of readyState changes finally to 4.

In most practical cases, you should look for the readyState property to achieve a value of 4, at which point you can be assured that the server has finished its task and the XMLHTTPRequest object is ready for use.

Server Response Status Codes
In addition to the readyState property, you have a further means to check that an asynchronous request has executed correctly: the HTTPserver response status code.


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