I'm working with my team to create an enterprise level web application with Grails, but I don't see any "out of the box" solution to dealing with browser history when using grails with AJAX. Can someone point me to some documentation so that I can nail this?
Thanks a ton.
Grails is predominantly a server-side framework. All it provides in terms of client-side functionality are some tags to make it easy to call the server via AJAX. I'm not aware of any functionality in the core framework to support using the back/forward buttons when AJAX calls are made.
You might find something in a plugin, but I doubt it. Your best bet is to look for this functionality in whichever JS library you're using (YUI, JQuery, Dojo, etc.)
Typically this is done by changing the
location.hash property on the page. This corresponds to a string you can add after the current url with a
#. Adding or modifying this part of the URL will keep you on the same page, but add an additional history entry.
The jQuery BBQ plugin is a very useful framework to manage the hash. It contains a number of useful methods to manage the hash property as key/value pairs, the same way the regular URL query string works.