Christian Heilmann

Dynamic Code Viewing with jQuery

Monday, June 5th, 2006 at 12:00 am

Dabbling around with jQuery for the last chapter in my upcoming
book about JavaScript
, I realised it is dead easy to do something that really annoyed the hell out of me for a long time:

When you display code examples in online tutorials and you don’t want to use server side includes to show the code (as you want to offer the explanation page as documentation as well) you need to maintain the code in two locations: The code itself and the code examples in the documentation document.

Now, jQuery has these really cool methods to do easy AJAX calls, why not use them to pull in the code when the user clicks the link to the code?

The example page for jqueryCodeView shows the outcome and the script that makes it happen. Quite neat package, that.

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