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#1 Bennys


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Posted 08 April 2015 - 09:44 PM

I want to know how a websites like Ratemyprofessor.com can get the names of all colleges and professors and use the data to create an suggestion when typing in the search bar?

Where would one start to add a similar feature to a website?

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#2 Angoid


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Posted 13 April 2015 - 06:40 AM

Hi Bennys,


This is achieved by way of something called AJAX, which stands for Asynchronous Javascript And XML.


You can learn about it at W3Schools by way of the following link:



Follow the tutorial though and you'll see how names lists like those at RateMyProfessor are done towards the end.


I recently used the technique myself for a membership management system for a model flying club I'm a member of: unfortunately, I can't link it to you because I've hidden that section of the site off that only authorised people in our club can see.

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