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Menu that populates upon letter being entered.

 5:35 pm on Mar 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

I think the title explains it quite well but I dont think php is capable of doing this but I could be wrong.

registration form> type in city > user enters "ca" and before they can finish I want to suggest california etc.

This is the start of a new website which is going to be massive and if successfull could hold as many as
150,000 visitors details.

its a database driven site and the load will be heavey.

is php the way to go with this? work is being outsourced but I would also want to read up on the chosen code.

thanks guys.



 5:38 pm on Mar 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

Hi there adamnichols45,

Sounds like a ajax/xml job to me, I think as it would be called a suggestions script, and I think that js would be in the mix too from what I see on most of these types of sites.



 8:20 pm on Mar 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

great thanks is that something that has to be hardcoded in? never touched ajax im afraid.

Should I get a coder or maybe there is a script I can purchase somewhere?


 8:31 pm on Mar 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

Hi there adamnichols45,

A quick google search using "ajax suggestion" returnd among others this:


Have a look and see what you come up with, I personally haven't used it yet, but I ought to look into it ;-p

If you don't want to, there are plenty of people out there who would do a script for you, I'm sure that someone on here could recommend something, but If you choose to give it a go, It would no doubt pay dividends in the future.

Enjoy the learning anyway.


[edited by: dreamcatcher at 12:57 am (utc) on Mar 21, 2010]
[edit reason] no urls please, see T.O.S [/edit]


 8:33 pm on Mar 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

Thanks matthew.

I do like getting stuck into a book so might have alook into the ajax. Is it that difficult?


 9:01 pm on Mar 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

Hi there adamnichols45,

Personally speaking, and I don't mean to sound condescending, but start off with the smaller stuff:-

[w3schools.com ]

I have only tried a couple of things, but the basics seem to be here, and there are plenty of books available:-

[amazon.co.uk ]

This seems expensive, but you see where I'm going ;-p

As regards difficulty, this is something that's down to the individual, I can't answer for you. A lot of people that I know that do it say that it is as easy/straightforward to comprehend, but once again, the alkaline test wouldn't be the same from one to the next person, pardon the analogy but you see what I mean.

You've got me thinking about it now, I know that used in conjunction with div's and that you can call things statically from a database without having to refresh the page, so the benefits are good. Personally I like the ajax captcha & comments/blog style applications.

All the best with whatever you decide.



 1:01 am on Mar 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

Matthew1980, sorry, had to remove the one link you posted. We do not allow links to personal sites.

adamnichols45, you`ll find a few free code snippets for auto complete. Try searching for 'JQuery auto complete', that should get you started. Its actually very simple to integrate.

Good luck.



 1:12 pm on Mar 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

I found a great tutorial and ajax does look pretty awsome.

I am out sourcing some coding work but I would like to get to grips with it my self as well so I will take alook at the amazon link.

Many thanks especially matthew very helpful.


 2:45 pm on Mar 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

Hi there adamnichols45,

Well I hope that you enjoy learning the new syntax, I really should try and do it, I would love an ajax captcha on some of my stuff, but I am of the theory, "if it ain't broken don't fix it", but then again, if we all thought like this nothing new would ever get done ;-p Guess I'm just a bit lazy...

And I should have looked at the first link more closely, didn't realise at the time of posting that is was considered a bad link to post...

Have fun anyway,


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