Assignment #5 AJAX & JavaScript Libraries and Frameworks




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Assignment #5
AJAX & JavaScript Libraries and Frameworks
For our last assignment we will experiment with AJAX and JavaScript Libraries and
Frameworks. This assignment is due Wednesday August 16
th at 2:30pm. In order to get all
your assignments graded in time to make the end-of-quarter grades deadline, no assignments
will be accepted after Thursday the 17
th at 11:59pm.
For the AJAX section of our assignment we’ll retrieve weather information from Here is a screenshot showing the AJAX assignment in action:
The user enters in a ZIP code and clicks on “Get Weather”. The weather for that ZIP code is
retrieved from and added to a textarea. Weather information listed
should include the City corresponding to the ZIP code and the temperature (which is provided
to us by The textarea should list all requests made. The user can click
on the “Clear” button to clear the textarea.
We’ll need to teach you a few things in order to get this assignment up and running.
Creating an Account with
Go to:
Sign Up for an account (upper-right of website). Once you’ve created an account, go to your
account summary and switch to the “API Keys” tab. You’ll need to have an API Key to
communicate with the server.
Requesting Weather Reports
To make a request to the server for the weather at a particular zipcode the request format is:
where zipcodeDesired is replaced by the zipcode you want and yourAPIKey is replaced by
your account’s API key.
Getting Weather Information
You’ll pass your URL to After a brief delay, you should get a
response providing the weather at the location.
If you use the request above, you’ll get your request back as a JSON. This JSON may be
found on the XMLHttpRequest object’s responseText property. To convert that to an actual
object you can do something like this:
var result = JSON.parse(requestObj.responseText);
If you prefer working with XML you may add the following to the end of your request URL:
In this case the resulting XML may be found at:
var result = requestObj.responseXML;
you can then move around the resulting XML tree using the getElementById,
getElementsByTagName, and the other standard operations available for moving around the
HTML tree.
To take a closer look at what the JSON or the XML look like, instead of using the URL above
from JavaScript, instead just enter it directly into the web browser location bar and you should
get a result back looking something like this:
Or like this:
This is what’s in the responseText or responseXML of your XMLHttpRequestObject. You
will probably find JSON easier to use, but you may use either for this assignment.
Don’t forget Ajax uses a callback because often a server will take a while before it
responds. You may have to wait quite a few seconds before your results show up.
We’ll keep the JQuery section simple and similar to the in-class examples. Our objective is to
just give you just a bit of hands on experience so that you’ll remember what you saw in
lecture a bit better.
Start out with the jquery-practice.html file provided with this assignment’s
downloads. This file contains no JavaScript and no JQuery. It does contain HTML along
with some CSS Styles. It also contains several buttons which you’ll need to wire up to carry
out various JQuery tasks.
Get JQuery Loaded
First things first, you need to get JQuery loaded. I’ve provided a JQuery file with the
assignment downloads. Load it in using a standard <script> tag.
Turn Headings Red
Wire up the first button so that when the user clicks on it, all headings (h1, h2, and h3) turn
red. Note that I’ve provided a style rule which you may find helpful for carrying out this task.
Fading Items
Wire up the second button so that when the user clicks on it the heading “Speakers” fades out
over a 1 second (1,000 millisecond) period. Fade just the <h3> tag, not the subsequent
paragraph on speakers. Once the heading has completely faded out, it will be removed from
the normal text flow and the subsequent paragraph will be bumped up. This is normal and not
something you need to correct.
Finally we create an application using AngularJS v1. See the Angular handout for more
information. One caveat using the Angular format from the handout, angular directives won’t
validate. So you may ignore these validation errors.1
Create an AngularJS application which allows a user to display information on cities. Use the
following actual city data:

1 As noted in the AngularJS handout, it is possible to get them to validate by adding a “data-” in front of
each directive name. But your format won’t match the examples in the official Angular tutorial.
Include a single text field which can be used to filter based on information contained in any of
the columns. Here are a few screenshots of the application in action:
You may either use the more advanced Controller initialization scheme or initialize your data
directly in the HTML file.