[opensource] Google Voice AJAX/POST

Brian Swaney swaneybr at opensource.osu.edu
Tue Jul 27 15:47:35 EDT 2010

What I'm looking for is an example of correctly formed POST input. I 
have a cross-site POST AJAX script, but I'm getting the indication it is 
not correctly formed, so I want to look at a correctly formed form 
submission to see what I'm doing wrong.

The problem with Python or the like the affected page is on the CSE 
server, which means no server-side scripting. I am using javascript/AJAX 
and forms, and the data is submitted to client4.google.com.

On 07/26/2010 09:02 PM, Michael S. Yanovich wrote:
>  I'm not sure if this would be of help, but at one time I was looking 
> for a Python wrapper that interfaced with Google Voice. I came across 
> this: http://code.google.com/p/pygooglevoice/
> I'm not familiar with how it authenticates with Google, but I've 
> tested it with a spare account and it seems to work quite well.
> Hope this helps.
> On 07/23/2010 09:22 PM, Brian Swaney wrote:
>> So, the question is, what would a correctly-formated POST request 
>> look like?
>> Thanks Paul, I'll see if I can find one of those. I think the script 
>> I have can work, but I need an example of proper POST data to compare 
>> with what I have. It looks like most of the one's I'm finding in 
>> Google are using the included Flash embed, which is the opposite of 
>> what I want, but I suppose there is bound to be one using AJAX 
>> somewhere...
>> On 07/23/2010 07:47 PM, Shaun Brady wrote:
>>> When you construct a URL it's actually GET data.  You have to put them
>>> (your POST variables) in to the HTTP header.  This is just another
>>> step closer, as I'm not sure exactly how to convince Javascript to do
>>> this.  I'm 99% you can control whether the request is via GET or POST,
>>> but how to modify the POST data, that I'm not sure of.
>>> SB
>>> On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 7:38 PM, Brian Swaney
>>> <swaneybr at opensource.osu.edu>  wrote:
>>>> Does anyone have experience with submitting forms using POST data?
>>>> A few months ago I subscribed to Google Voice, and it turns out 
>>>> they provide
>>>> a widget you can place on your web pages such that a user can enter 
>>>> their
>>>> name and phone number to "call" you, but never actually get your phone
>>>> number (even your Google number). I thought it seemed pretty neat, 
>>>> except
>>>> that the widget is a Flash object, and is not customizable in the 
>>>> least bit.
>>>> A Google search turned up an article
>>>> <http://razvangavril.com/web-development/custom-google-voice-widget/>
>>>> detailing how the applet does nothing more than make a POST 
>>>> request, which
>>>> you can do yourself with some HTML forms. He (correctly) suggested 
>>>> that you
>>>> submit the data using AJAX instead of a regular submit button, because
>>>> otherwise the user will be redirected to a page that says 
>>>> "ok=true", as I
>>>> found myself.
>>>> Problem is, I can't figure out how to properly form the POST 
>>>> request. My
>>>> script is at 
>>>> http://www.cse.ohio-state.edu/%7Eswaneybr/js/googlevoice.js and
>>>> according to Firebug it goes all the way through without errors, 
>>>> and sends
>>>> the POST request, but lists an empty response from Google. If I use 
>>>> the
>>>> forms alone, with a submit button and no javascript, the call goes 
>>>> through
>>>> and the user is redirected to a page that says ok=true, so I know 
>>>> it works,
>>>> but using the AJAX method nothing happens. I think I might be 
>>>> forming the
>>>> POST request wrong, but having never personally dealt with POST 
>>>> before today
>>>> I have no idea what it is supposed to look like. Wireshark is out 
>>>> of the
>>>> question because Google (wisely) uses SSL.
>>>> My request looks like
>>>> buttonId=LOTS_OF_HEX_HERE&callerNumber=PHONE_NUMBER&name=SOMEBODY'S_NAME&showCallerNumber=1 
>>>> but that's obviously not working. Could somebody instruct me on how 
>>>> to form
>>>> a proper POST string to pass into ajaxRequest.send(POSTrequest);?
>>>> -- 
>>>> Brian Swaney
>>>> Open Source Club at
>>>> Ohio State University
>>>> Website Administrator
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