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jQuery UI Cookbook by Adam Boduch

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Remote autocomplete filtering

The autocomplete filtering capabilities aren't just limited to the default implementation, which searches for objects in array sources. We can specify a custom source() function that will retrieve only data the user is looking for. This is the ideal approach if you're looking to use autocomplete on a data source with thousands of items. Otherwise, filtering gets too demanding on the browser—the large data set to download, followed by a large array search with each keystroke.

How to do it...

We'll use the GitHub API as the data source for our autocomplete widget. This is a good example since it is much too large to use in the browser memory.

$( function() { $( "#autocomplete" ).autocomplete({ minLength: 3, source: function( ...

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