What's the point?

Sling lets you drive your content repository from within a webpage by making an ajax request with jQuery. And it's easy.

How do we get started?

  • create your sample application: create a folder "helloJquery" (e.g. with webDAV)
  • download jQuery and copy it in your "helloJquery" folder
  • create a file helloJquery.html with the content below and copy it in your "helloJquery"
  • point your browser to http://localhost:8888/helloJquery/helloJquery.html. the next steps are there...
    <title>Driving Sling with jQuery</title>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="jquery-1.2.6.js"></script>

<h3>Driving Sling with jQuery</h3>
<p>Start firebug, click on Console, then go multiline (click the little red arrow on the bottom bottom right)</p>
<p>enter the code below, click on 'run'</p>

  { ':nameHint': 'myNode', oneProperty: 'oneValue' },
  function(data){ alert(data); }

<p>Then <a href="http://localhost:7402/content/myNode.html">view your new node</a></p>


What just happened?

We used jQuery to create a node named "myNode" below "content", with a property "oneProperty" and value "oneValue".

    ':nameHint': 'myNode',
    oneProperty: 'oneValue'

If you are not familiar with jQuery, the code might look cryptic, but in 2 words: $.post creates the ajax post request, taking 3 parameters:

  • "/content/*" as url, using SlingPostServlet to create a new jcr node under the /content node
  • ':nameHint': "myNode", oneProperty: 'oneValue' is a key:pair list of request parameters.
    • ':nameHint' is a command (starts with ':') that tells Sling to use "myNode" for the node name.
    • oneProperty: sets one property under myNode
  • the third (optional) parameter is a callback

It's the ajax equivalent of using this html form:

<form action="/content/*" method="POST">
  <input type="hidden" name=":nameHint"   value="myNode">
  <input type="text"   name="oneProperty" value="oneValue">

Cross-posted on my blog

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  1. Anonymous

    Can you explain why the jQuery code uses <i>':nameHint': 'myName'</i> while the paragraph underneath uses <i>:nameHint: mynode</i>?