[ALUG] Controlling a Raspberry PI I/O pins via web App

Simon Ransome simon at nosher.net
Thu Oct 12 16:25:45 BST 2017

On 12/10/17 15:36, steve-ALUG at hst.me.uk wrote:
> On 12/10/17 10:04, Simon Ransome wrote:
> [SNIP]
>>     elsif url eq "/myajaxhandler":
>>         # get your LED state from URL params
>>         self.send_response(200)
>>         GPIO.setStuffHere()
> So I guess to call this I'd just to a HTTP "Get" to a URL
> "http://The.IP.Address.xx/myajaxhandler?Some=Params,Here=etc"
> And then decode the params & bob's my uncle?

Yes, exactly that. Your onChange or other event handler on the sliders 
responds to the slide event. You would then build a URL with the extra 
parameters containing the values of the various sliders, and use that as 
the basis for an XmlHTTPRequest (which is the Ajax bit). If you wanted 
to be a bit more cross-browser you could use an Ajax helper from jQuery 
or some other JavaScript library.

Your server then decodes it (urlparse can do that) and in theory your 
JavaScript doesn't even need to bother with handling the response, but 
you may want to add some sort of throttling (like waiting for any 
current requests to complete) if your sliders generate too many events.

There's a simple example of the Ajax call here:


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