Posts about the client side scripting language JavaScript.

Something To Be Aware Of JavaScript isNaN

17th March 2009

The isNaN() function (NaN stands for Not a Number) can be useful if you are looking at form inputs or similar and is used to detect if a value is not a number. For example, the following code shows the output of isNaN() on two variables.

Google Ajax Libraries

13th March 2009

Strictly speaking the Google Ajax libraries don't contain only Ajax libraries, but they are very useful for a variety of reasons. Google host a variety of different JavaScript libraries which you can link to on your pages rather than download the library and host it on your server. You can use MooTools, JQuery, Prototype/Scriptaculous, Dojo and even the Yahoo! User Interface Library.

How To Use Them

Using the Google Ajax libraries on your own site is quite easy, and you can do it in a number of different ways.

JavaScript Redirects

11th March 2009

There are two main ways in which to redirect the browser using JavaScript, both of which look at the location of the window object. These are the location.href property and location.replace function.


The following example will cause the page to redirect to another page, keeping the browser history. This might seem like a minor point, but if you redirect a user to another page they will be able to click back, which will mean that they are redirected again.

Search A Table With JavaScript

10th March 2009

Using server side scripts to search for things can be as complex or as simple as the situation requires. However, if you have a table of results and you just want to enable a simple JavaScript search on that table then this might be the script for you.

To search a table using JavaScript you need to split the table into bits, this can be done using the getElementsByTagName() function, which takes the name of the element that you want to capture. So to grab all of the rows of a table as an array you need to pass the value of tr.

Convert A Date Into Timestamp In JavaScript

27th February 2009

I have previously talked about using PHP to convert from a date to a time, but what about doing the same in JavaScript?

To get the unix timestamp using JavaScript you need to use the getTime() function of the build in Date object. As this returns the number of milliseconds then we must divide the number by 1000 and round it in order to get the timestamp in seconds.

Irritating JavaScript Virus Message Popup And Redirect

11th February 2009

The other day I was approached by a friend who had this odd looking virus message on their screen. They said that they hadn't been doing anything in particular, just writing an email and surfing the net in Firefox when all of a sudden this pop-up appeared on screen and told them they had a virus.

Typewriter Script

3rd February 2009

The following script can be used if you want to simulate a typewriter in an element on screen. I have put in a lot of comments to describe what is happening but the script works by taking each array element in turn and adding it character by character to the content of the selected element.

Nofollow Highlighting In Google Chrome

28th November 2008

I found this excellent bookmarklet the other day which allows you to see nofollow links quickly and easily in Chrome most modern browsers.

Preventing Accidental Moving Off Site With JavaScript

19th November 2008

There is nothing more irritating than when you are typing out a long message in a text box and you accidentally move backwards, or clicking on a link and moving off page, therefore losing data you may have entered. There is a solution to stop this happening and it involves the onbeforeunload event.

Although not technically a fully supported event, onbeforeunload is run just before the page is unloaded out of cache. The onunload event occurs right after this, and it is too late by that point.