HELP! I feel like this should be very simple.

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07 Jan, 2011 12:28 AM

I have been driven crazy by a very small task that has been taking me entirely too long.

My AutoSuggest is populated with usernames of people who use my site. All I want to do is make the browser redirect when the first user is clicked. It is supposed to be a single selection set-up with no need for a submit button. I am able to receive the data associated with the selection, which is a username. However, I need to get a user-id if I want to generate the correct link to be forwarded to. This would require me to make an sql query. Can I do this without reloading the page first?

I know it is bad practice to access sql using javascript, but I'm not sure how to use php in this situation.


  1. 1 Posted by Joe on 07 Jan, 2011 05:21 AM

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    Looks like I will be able to solve it using ajax, something I'm still learning. We will see if i can get it.

  2. 2 Posted by Joe on 07 Jan, 2011 06:39 AM

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    Well, I thought I almost had it, but I can't get this to work. Any help would be much appreciated.

    Here is what I have for js:
    'jQuery(document).ready(function($) {

    $('#userlist').autoSuggest(data, {
        startText: "Search for a User",
        selectionLimit: 1,
        minChars: 2,
        asHtmlID: "selecteduser",
        selectionAdded: function(elem){ 
            var nameselect = $("input[id$=as-values-selecteduser]").val(); 
            var userdispname = nameselect.slice(0, -1)
            /* 1. Initiate XMLHttpRequest object which is used to exchange data*/
            if (window.XMLHttpRequest)
            {// code for IE7+, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari
                xmlhttp=new XMLHttpRequest();
            {// code for IE6, IE5
                xmlhttp=new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");
            /* 3. Get Server Response (xmlhttp.responseText) after server is ready (4, and 200)*/
                if (xmlhttp.readyState==4 && xmlhttp.status==200)
                    /*Function to be performed*/
                    var userid = xmlhttp.responseText;
            /* 2. Server Request, run php file*/


    And returnid.php looks like this (i'm using wordpress):
    '<?php global $wpdb;

    $selecteduser = $_GET["q"];

    if (!empty($selecteduser)){
        $selectuserid = $wpdb->get_var("SELECT ID FROM $wpdb->users WHERE display_name = '" . $selecteduser  . "'");
        echo $selectuserid;
    } else {
        echo 'error';


  3. 3 Posted by Joe on 07 Jan, 2011 07:36 AM

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    solved. had to use wordpress ajax

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