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load json data using jquery ajax

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Part 56 - jquery ajax get function

In this video we will discuss how to load JSON data from the server using jQuery get function. This is continuation to Part 56. Please watch Part 56 before proceeding.

$.get( url [, data ] [, success ] [, dataType ] )

dataType parameter specifies the type of data expected from the server. The dataType can be xml, json, script, or html. By default jQuery makes an intelligent guess.

The following steps modify the example we worked with in Part 56, so that HtmlPage1.html will be able to retrieve and display JSON data from the server.

Step 1 : Modify GetHelpText.aspx to return JSON data. Remove the following div element from GetHelpText.aspx.
<div id="divResult" runat="server"></div>

Step 2 : Modify the code in GetHelpText.aspx.cs as shown below.

using System;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Data;
using System.Data.SqlClient;
using System.Web.Script.Serialization;

namespace Demo
    public partial class GetHelpText : System.Web.UI.Page
        protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
            JavaScriptSerializer js = new JavaScriptSerializer();
            string JSONString = js.Serialize(GetHelpTextByKey(Request["HelpTextKey"]));


        private HelpText GetHelpTextByKey(string key)
            HelpText helpText = new HelpText();

            string cs = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["DBCS"].ConnectionString;
            using (SqlConnection con = new SqlConnection(cs))
                SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand("spGetHelpTextByKey", con);
                cmd.CommandType = CommandType.StoredProcedure;
                SqlParameter parameter = new SqlParameter("@HelpTextKey", key);
                helpText.Text = cmd.ExecuteScalar().ToString();
                helpText.Key = key;

            return helpText;

    public class HelpText
        public string Key { get; set; }
        public string Text { get; set; }

Step 3 : Modify the jQuery code in HtmlPage1.html as shown below

$(document).ready(function () {
    var textBoxes = $('input[type="text"]');
    textBoxes.focus(function () {
        var helpDiv = $(this).attr('id');
        $.get('GetHelpText.aspx', { HelpTextKey: helpDiv }, function (response) {
            $('#' + helpDiv + 'HelpDiv').html(response.Text);
        }, 'json');

    textBoxes.blur(function () {
        var helpDiv = $(this).attr('id') + 'HelpDiv';
        $('#' + helpDiv).html('');

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  1. Every thing works fine except the last step when adding the fourth parameter [datatype] 'json' of the $.get function and changing the argument of the html to response.Text.
    All the preceding steps worked fine and the texts are displayed next to the input boxes.
    Please note i am testing with visual studio 2010 sp1

  2. I found the need to delete the div section from the aspx webform


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