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Learning jQuery - Fourth Edition by Karl Swedberg, Jonathan Chaffer

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Keeping an eye on the request

So far, it has been sufficient for us to make a call to an Ajax method and patiently await the response. At times, though, it is handy to know a bit more about the HTTP request as it progresses. If such a need arises, jQuery offers a suite of functions that can be used to register callbacks when various Ajax-related events occur.

The .ajaxStart() and .ajaxStop() methods are two examples of these observer functions. When an Ajax call begins with no other transfer in progress, the .ajaxStart() callback is fired. Conversely, when the last active request ends, the callback attached with .ajaxStop() will be executed. All of the observers are global, in that they are called when any Ajax communication occurs, regardless ...

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