Self-Indulgent Code: jQuery getJSON with Error Handling

Recently I was working on a project which utilizes AJAX for exactly what AJAX is best suited for, inline loading of the output of some back-end code. In general most of these requests originate and terminate within the same domain. The problem is that some of these requests occur outside the local domain and I don’t have direct control of their availability. Additionally jQuery’s getJSON for some reason doesn’t include access to the error callback. The funny thing is getJSON is built off of jQuery’s ajax which wraps JavaScripts XMLHttpRequest object and includes an event for complete and error status of the request. For some reason though these items were left off the getJSON function. So now you are saying to yourself, “boy this guy is picky”, but in reality JSON is one of the few things that can be transfered across domains with AJAX. So here is my solution. It is a general wrapper for the jQuery ajax object. In the code below I have created a replacement to getJSON with one caveat aside from the fact it includes a way to pass a callback for handling errors. The AjaxWrapper class can be used to create custom jQuery AJAX commands.

AjaxGet takes 4 parameters: The first two are required and the last two are the success and error callbacks. If you don’t pass a function to either one of these parameters there is a default callback that will take its place.

 * Asynchronous get with data that has backup default success and error functions
 * which utilize Alert.js to return the status of the JSON request. These functions
 * can be overridden for custom actions
 * @author Paul Scarrone(NuRelm)
 * @param url The URL to process the request against
 * @param data JSON encoded object which contains the request data
 * @param successfcn a function which takes data as a parameter
 * @param errorfcn a function which takes XMLHttpRequest, textStatus, errorThrown as parameters
function AjaxGet(url, data, successfcn, errorfcn){
	var AjaxInstance = new AjaxErrorHandler();
	var success;
	var error;
	if(typeof(data) == "function"){
	  if(typeof(successfcn) == "function"){
		errorfcn = successfcn;
      //Was being updated out of order thanks kovshi
      successfcn = data;
	/*Alert.CreateOneTimeUseDialog(url +"
			data +"
			successfcn +"
	if(typeof(errorfcn) != "function"){
	  error = function(XMLHttpRequest, textStatus, errorThrown){
	  //Alert.CreateOneTimeUseDialog("Status: " +textStatus +"
 Error: " + errorThrown, "Request Failed");
          alert("Status: " +textStatus +"
 Error: " + errorThrown, "Request Failed");
	  error = errorfcn;
	if(typeof(successfcn) != "function"){
	  success = function(data){
	    //Alert.CreateOneTimeUseDialog("Success" + data + "|", "Request Succeeded");
            alert("Success" + data + "|", "Request Succeeded");

	  success = successfcn;
	if(data == null){
	  data = {};
	AjaxInstance.setdata(data); //data is set in setURL
/*function TestAJAXData(url){
	AjaxErrorHandler.setURL(url);//this will set data
	AjaxErrorHandler.setdata({}); //data is set in setURL
	var success = function(data, textStatus, XMLHttpRequest){alert("This is the setSuccessFcn"+ textStatus);};
	var error = function(XMLHttpRequest, textStatus, errorThrown){alert("This is the errFcn"+ errorThrown);};
 * AjaxWrapper is a wrapper for the jQuery .AJAX system with fully customizable parameters
 * the goal is to allow quick rendering of custom functions which more directly handle all
 * of the functionality of .AJAX and make them available for quick reuse.
 * TODO add complete function wrapper
 * Origionally this was a Public Static but since this operates asyncronously
 * it must be instanced or object will collide
var AjaxErrorHandler = function AjaxWrapper(){
	var url;
	var errorCall = function(){};;
	var successCall = function(){};;
	var completeCall = function(){};
	var async = true;
	var type = "POST";
	var timeout = 10000;
	var requestdata;
	var dataType = 'json';
	var xhr;
	var dataresult;
	var errorresult;
	var doOvers = 0;
	this.setdoOvers = function(num){
		doOvers = num;
	this.setURL = function(datain){
		url = datain;
	this.seterrorCall = function(fcn){
		errorCall = fcn;
	this.setsuccessCall = function(fcn){
		successCall = fcn;
	this.setcompleteCall = function(fcn){
		completeCall = fcn;
	this.setasync = function(sync){
		async = sync;
	this.settype = function(requesttype){
		type = requesttype;
	this.settimeout = function(timeoutMS){
		timeout = timeouMS;
	this.setdata = function(datain){
		requestdata = datain;
	this.setdataType = function(type){
		dataType = type;
	this.getxhr = function(){
		return xhr;
	this.setdataresult = function(data){
		dataresult = data;
	this.seterrorresult = function(error){
		if(error == "doOver"){
			errorresult = error;
	this.setAJAXResult = function(str){
		  returnResult = str;
	this.getAJAXResult = function(){
		  return returnResult;
	 * doOver is a special case advanced handler which will retry the instances request 3 times in syncronous mode
	 * if the request continues to fail it will stop after 3 tries.
	 * If a success occurs the retry counter goes to zero
	this.doOver = function(){
		if(doOvers < 3){
			Alert.CreateOneTimeUseDialog("I tried to get the data 3 times with no success","Fatal Error");
	 * ajaxJSONGet take is a generic builder for creating an ajax call with an error handler
	 * @param url the url that is used in the request
	 * @param data ther params sent in the request
	 * @param errorfcn a function which will fire if the request errors
	 * @param successfcn a function which will fire if the returned dataType matches expected
	this.ajaxJSONGet = function(){
		var that = this;
		  type: type,
		  global : false,
		  timeout : timeout,
		  url: url,
		  data: requestdata,
		  dataType: dataType,
		  //ifModified : true,
		  complete: function(){completeCall();},
		  success: function(data, textStatus, XMLHttpRequest){successCall(data, textStatus, XMLHttpRequest); that.setdoOvers(0);},
		  error: function(XMLHttpRequest, textStatus, errorThrown){that.seterrorresult(errorCall(XMLHttpRequest, textStatus, errorThrown));}

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