Twitter Typeahead Search Suggest

This is now the replacement for Bootstrap 2’s typeahead as it is no longer in the docs for Bootstrap 3.

I admit this is better cleaner version but my god the docs are not good! So confusing and took me a while to work it out. Classic case of geeks expecting you to know what they know. Here are some helpful tips.

First things first, I don’t know why they never show an example of ‘on selected do this’ event. That’s the main reason for typehead, you want to redirect to a page mostly upon selecting the suggestion… Anyway after lots of searching found an example. Yay..

Secondly I always use remote dataset but struggled to find an example dataset. In a nut shell this can be a json object like so where value is the default field typehead uses to search with.

name: ‘ad_users’,
valueKey: ‘name’, //this is the field in your data set that typehead searches, if not defined default is ‘value’
limit: 10,
remote: ‘MY_URL/ajax/searchuser/q/%QUERY’ //%QUERY is automatically replaced with whatever you type in the search field

//bind on selected do this
//datum is the json object and username is my field I want to return, in my case I also wanted to return the result in lowercase
$(‘#user-search’).bind(‘typeahead:selected’, function(obj, datum, name) {
document.location = ‘MY_URL/staff/adcompare/ad-id/’+ datum.username.toLowerCase();

Here is an example of my remote data set.

{"name":"Cabrinha (Pryde Group)","username":"Cabrinha"},
{"name":"Class Clendar","username":"Classcalendar"},

Seems so simple but took me ages to get this right as serious lack of examples in the docs 🙁

Apache Mod Security SQL Injections and Variable Names

We recently upgraded our server which was running a higher version of apache Mod Security. One of my jQuery edit in line HTTP POST requests was suddenly returning a 406 Not Acceptable error which was pretty annoying.

It was because I was using a variable called type=varChar which was used to define what sort of data was being sent. Apache Mod Security was flagging this as:

[msg "SQL Injection Attack"] [data "varchar"]

So I changed all occurences of varChar to vc which has now fixed the issue.

Will remember in future to never use variable names like that again.

Ajax requests with Jquery

Have you ever wanted to push some data to the page to give a better user experince and not require a reload of the page you are on.

This can be achieved very easily with jQuery.

First simply have a div allocated for the response, in this case we will use the id ‘#info’

Then you can simple apply the following code to an on click event, is this case we are using a div with the id ‘#clickHere’

[sourcecode language=”javascript”]

$(‘#clickHere’).click(function() {

$.get(“load_data.php?vars=”+someVar, function(data){

//set inner html with data response from load_data.php




The file load_data.php can have any logic you want in it, notice how I passed a variable called ‘someVar’ to the script, this may be necessary to output dynamic data.

Whatever is echoed out in load_data.php will be shown inside the div ‘#info’

This is a very useful technique when creating streamlined user experiences.