Ajax and Javascript API

PHPLucidFrame makes use of jQuery to take advantage of the increased interest in developing Web 2.0 rich media applications. There are a wide range of built-in Javascript API functions provided.

The framework has a Javascript object declared LC and it has some global variables available to use. You can check them in the section Core Defined Constants & Variables. LC has two core objects - LC.Page and LC.Form. Both provides utilities to make your pages and forms easier.

PHPLucidFrame recommends the code organization in a Javascript file so-called site.js, but it is by no means required and you are free to use your prefer file name. You can extend the global Javascript object LC.Page and you can create namespace for each page in your application. You are suggested to check the sample example code /app/js/site.js in the release.

// /app/js/site.js

LC.Page.init = function() {
    // do some fancy stuff.

LC.Page.Blog = {
    url: LC.Page.url('blog'), /* mapping directory or route */

    /* Initialization of the blog page */
    init: function() {

    /* Load list by Ajax */
    list: function() {
        LC.Page.request('list', LC.Page.Blog.url + 'list.php');

$(function() {

The file can be included in /inc/tpl/head.php or /app/inc/tpl/head.php to use it globally.

<?php _js('site.js'); ?>

The Page

PHPLucidFrame has an object declared LC.Page and it provides API functions available to use.


The helper callback for language switch required in multi-language sites.


Name Type Description
lng string The language code to be switched

LC.Page.request(id, url, params, callback)

The Ajax helper. It is a wrapper function to jQuery.get or jQuery.post.


Name Type Description
id string An HTML element id to attach Ajax and respond HTML to. If POST/GET is given, no HTML is responded and any script can be executed upon the request complete.
url string URL to be requested
params object The object of query string passing to the page requested, e.g, { key: value, key2, value2 }
callback function The callback function to be executed upon page request complete.

LC.Page.throbber.register(id, callback)

Register a custom throbber for ajax requests by overriding the default throbber provided by LucidFrame which is triggered whenever Ajax request is thrown.


Name Type Description
id string An HTML element id to attach Ajax pager.
callback function The functional object like { start: function() { .. }, stop: function() { .. } }


Attach ajax to the pager element. Internal call after LC.Page.request(). You can also use this for your own requirement.


Name Type Description
id string An HTML element id to attach Ajax pager.


Get the absolute URL corresponding to the given route path.


Name Type Description
path string The route path.


<string> The complete absolute URL, for example, http://www.example.com/<language>/blog if Page.url('blog').


Check to see if CSS support is available in the browser.


Name Type Description
featureName string The CSS feature/property name in camel case


<boolean> true if the CSS feature is supported; otherwise false.

The Form

PHPLucidFrame has a global object LC.Form which provides several useful functions.

Ajaxing your form

Forms are by default initialized for ajax submission if they have a type="submit" button or a type="button" button which has class="submit". By adding a class no-ajax to the form tag, you can detach Ajax from the form.

jQuery Datepicker

If HTML element has a class datepicker, it will bind to jQuery datepicker.

jQuery Button

If HTML element has a class jqbutton, it will bind to jQuery UI button theme.


Clear the form element values and form messages.


Name Type Description
formId string HTML element id set to <form> tag


Get the embedded JSON form data.


Name Type Description
id integer The data row unique id

This function is useful when passing data from PHP to Javascript in the form of JSON and get them in JS for further usage such as loading data into the form elements of the jQuery dialog. The HTML hierarchy must be #row-{unique-id} .row-data. Here is an example snippet:

<?php while($row = db_fetchObject($result)) { ?>
    $data = array(
        'catId' => $row->catId,
        'catName' => $row->catName,
    <tr id="row-<?php echo $row->catId; ?>">
        <td class="tableLeft colAction">
            <span class="row-data" style="display:none"><?php echo json_encode($data); ?></span>
            <a href="javascript:" class="edit" title="Edit" onclick="LC.Page.Category.edit(<?php echo $row->catId; ?>)">
                <span><?php echo _t('Edit'); ?></span>
        <td class="colAction">
            <a href="#" class="delete" title="Delete" onclick="LC.Page.Category.remove(<?php echo $row->catId; ?>)">
                <span><?php echo _t('Delete'); ?></span>
        <td class="colName">
            <?php echo $row->catName; ?>
<?php } ?>