Implementing jQuery DataTables PHP lookups

Another approach to secondary lookups is to have the frontend generate the request. In this recipe, we will make a slight modification to the secondary lookup code presented in the preceding recipe, Embedding secondary lookups into QueryResults. In the previous recipe, even though the view logic is performing the lookup, all processing is still done on the server. When using jQuery DataTables, however, the secondary lookup is actually performed directly by the client, in the form of an Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) request issued by the browser.

How to do it...

  1. First we need to spin-off the secondary lookup logic (discussed in the recipe above) into a separate PHP file. The purpose of this new ...

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