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Loading a remote file in JavaScript

June 1, 2012 by . Filed under keystrokes, public.

Next up on my list of things I don’t know how to do is load a file in JavaScript. For now, let’s assume the file is hosted on the same server as the script. I understand that reading local files requires HTML5 and reading files from other servers can be troublesome.

jQuery has several ways to retrieve file contents: load, ajax, and get. The latter two let you specify the file type, which I found to be important. If I tried to load a JavaScript file, jQuery would automatically execute it. For my purposes, I wanted the file as plain text, which the get function lets me specify.

Here’s a test script I ended up with:

When I execute it, the file is properly embedded:

jQuery’s fun.


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