How to make an Ajax Call in AngularJS

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In AngularJS, you can make an Ajax call using $http service. It provides all the necessary properties to facilitate communication with remote servers.

Here’s an example.

<!DOCTYPE html>
  <script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/angularjs/1.3.8/angular.min.js"> </script>
  <script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.10.1/jquery.min.js"></script>

  <div ng-app="myApp" ng-controller="myController">
    <div ng-repeat="birds in list">
      {{ birds }}

    const myApp = angular.module('myApp', []);
    myApp.controller('myController', function ($scope, $http) {

    let arr = new Array();

    $http.get("../../library/birds.xml").success(function (xml) {
        $(xml).find('Bird').each(function () {

        $scope.list = arr;

        }).error(function (status) {
Try it

In the above example, I am extracting data from an XML file, named birds.xml. I have declared the $scope along with $http.

The $http.get() method makes a request for the data. If the request is successful, it will loop through each node and fills the array with data.

The data in the array (arr) is delivered to a the model via $scope.

$scope.list = arr;

Now see the model, I am displaying data in a <div> element using ng-repeat directive.

<div ng-repeat="birds in list">
    {{ birds }}

Its very simple.

Populate XML data using <ul>

Similarly, you can populate data into an <ul> list, instead of the <div> element (as shown in the above example).

<ul ng-repeat="birds in list">
    <li>{{ birds }}</li>

The script remains the same (see the 1st example). The model has changed slightly. However, here too I am using the ng-repeat directive to show the data.

Populate XML data into a SELECT dropdown

In-addition, you can populate SELECT dropdown list using the above methods. The Ajax call remains the same. There will be a slight change in the model.

In this example, I am using the ng-options directive to fill the dropdown list with the data.

<select ng-model="your_selection" ng-options="b for b in list">
    <option value="">-- Select a Bird --</option>

<!-- 	show what you have selected -->
<p>You have selected: {{ your_selection }}</p>

Try it

Making an Ajax call in AngularJS is very simple. The $http service provides all the necessary properties and method, which makes communication with server properties easy. In the above examples, I have used $http service to access XML data from a remote file. Similarly, you can read or extract data from other popular data sources like a JSON file. See this post.

Thank's for reading. 🙂

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