Tag Archives: Ajax

Virtuemart: Ajax Effect on IE 8 Fix List based on Virtuemart 1.1.3(stable release since 22, Jan)

Virtuemart utilizes Ajax mostly by mooTools. It works fine in many browsers except microsoft newly released browser IE 8. Especially when user try to add a product to shopping cart using Ajax, the mooPrompt (a pop-up window) fails, and nothing happen on that page… Maybe the first thing you are about to do is to upgrade mooTools. Yes, that’s seems a great idea, however mooTools’s updates from 1.11 to 1.21 is totally a nightmare for developer. Many things change, you have to revise the code manually for Virtuemart. 

The following files should be updated (if you want to satisfy IE 8 users):

  • \components\com_virtuemart\js\mootools\mootools-release-1.11.js  (update to 1.21)
  • \components\com_virtuemart\js\mootools\mooPrompt.js (you have to revise it manually. Should change a lot of JS class definitions in accordance with mootools 1.21 syntax)
  • \components\com_virtuemart\js\slimbox (update to slimbox for mootools 1.21)
  • \components\com_virtuemart\themes\default\theme.js (you have to revise it manually. Should fix a bug on line 59, change to var timeoutID = setTimeout( ‘document.boxB.close()’, 3000 );)

Besides updating corresponding files, you can also disable Ajax function on the administration page. Or.. Wait until next stable release of VM). If you need the files above, just leave me a message, and I will pack them up for you.

A Simple Rss2Json Service Released!

Now I simply add a Rss2Json service on my blog, it just return the very first post from the target website as JSON and, of course, the target should be RSS format. The reason why I create this interface is because I would like to utilize cool AJAX to obtain the content from my friend’s blog, yet the browser secure prevent me crossing the boundary to other domain. Could it be working using iFrame? Negative. The only approach to cross the border is using JSON.

The definition of my interface is:

Name: Rss2JSon
Interface: http://www.koumei.net/rss2json/
Method: GET
Parameter 1:  rss  – The URL of the rss content
Parameter 2: cb — The javascript callback function
Return: application/x-javascript
Example: http://www.koumei.net/rss2json/?rss=http://www.blogjava.net/max/rss&cb=<callback>  (A blog of my friend)

The callback function is very significant. Don’t forget to define a callback JS function on your script. The definition of the callback function should be similar as below ( parameter rss is an object, containing “title”, “link” and “description” and so forth<please go through RSS schema on item tag>.)

<script type=”text/javascript”> 

function myCallback(rss){
    var title = rss["title"];   // or rss.title
    var link = rss["link"];  // or rss.link
    var desc = rss["description"];  // or rss.description.


Now, you can embed the script to wherever you need.
<script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://www.koumei.net/rss2json/?rss=http://www.blogjava.net/max/rss&cb=myCallback”></script> 

Enjoy scripting.