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I have been wanting to set up a quick "dashboard" for a recent project, and was considering using ajax to get a "real time" update/refresh on the page (some of my output depends on the datetime field). I know how to get the desired output using php with some if statements comparing todays date to the date stored in the field, however, I am a bit at a lose of how to interact with the ProcessWire API using ajax to get the desired effect. I found the following 

 

and know that I need to start off with: 

<?php
if($config->ajax) {
    // page was requested from ajax
}

Unfortunately, as I mentioned earlier, how would one actual find pages using a template and get the field contents from them using AJAX? I apologize if this seems bit broad, but I am stil getting a grasp of using AJAX to deliver content to get a real time update on a page without refresh.

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AJAX or normal request doesn't really matter to backend. You just detect if request is an AJAX request and act accordingly.

Because I had some things to do, I decided to procrastinate by building a simple module and write a tutorial for it.

 

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