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So what's left? Actually, not much. You have a JavaScript method that grabs information that the user put into a form, sends it to the server, provides another JavaScript method to listen for and handle a response, and even sets the value of a field when that response comes back. All that's really left is to call that first JavaScript method and start the whole process. You could obviously add a button to your HTML form, but that's pretty 2001, don't you think? Take advantage of JavaScript technology like in Listing 7.

Listing 7. Kick off an Ajax process
 <p>City: <input type="text" name="city" id="city" size="25" 
       onChange="callServer();" /></p>
 <p>State: <input type="text" name="state" id="state" size="25" 
       onChange="callServer();" /></p>
 <p>Zip Code: <input type="text" name="zipCode" id="zipCode" size="5" /></p>
If this feels like yet one more piece of fairly routine code, then you're right -- it is! When a user puts in a new value for either the city or state field, the callServer() method fires off and the Ajax fun begins. Starting to feel like you've got a handle on things? Good; that's the idea!

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