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php – Insert Backbone.js model into MySQL database

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment


I have a backbone.js model with some defaults and an url:

var Box = Backbone.Model.extend({
    url: "./save.php",
    defaults: {
        x: 0,
        y: 0,
        w: 1,
        h: 1

Then I have an instance of this model and I proceed to save it:

var box = new Box({ x:10, y:10, w:200, h:200 });

Now I want to save this model into a MySQL database using a PHP script “save.php”, it goes like this:


    $id = $_POST['cid'];
    $x = $_POST['x'];
    $y = $_POST['y'];
    $w = $_POST['w'];
    $h = $_POST['h'];

    mysql_query("INSERT INTO boxes (id, x, y, w, h)
                         VALUES('$id', '$x', '$y', '$w', '$h')
                       ") or die(mysql_error());
echo "Data Inserted!";

I have tried reading many tutorials but I cannot get this simple model save to work. Why is my code not working? Any ideas on how can this be solved?



In the php script, the correct way to obtain the information from the sent JSON object is as follows:

$box_data = json_decode(file_get_contents('php://input'));
$x = $box_data->{'x'};
$y = $box_data->{'y'};
$w = $box_data->{'w'};
$h = $box_data->{'h'};

And to store in in the database:

mysql_query("INSERT INTO boxes(id, x, y, w, h)
            VALUES('', '$x', '$y', '$w', '$h') ") 
or die(mysql_error());

In this way one row will be inserted in the table “boxes” with the information of each one of the attributes of the backbone model Box.
The server request method in this case is POST and the id in the table “boxes” is set to auto-increment.

How to&Answers:

Backbone is based on a REST API: when saving/updating a model to the server, Backbone will send it serialized as JSON in the request body with a POST our PUT request. From Backbone.sync documentation

With the default implementation, when Backbone.sync sends up a request
to save a model, its attributes will be passed, serialized as JSON,
and sent in the HTTP body with content-type application/json.

This means that server-side you have to

  • determine the type of request
  • decode the serialized JSON

Something like this should get you started

$request_method = strtolower($_SERVER['REQUEST_METHOD']);
$data = null;

switch ($request_method) {
    case 'post':
    case 'put':
        $data = json_decode(file_get_contents('php://input'));

// print_r($data);

// note that mysql_* functions are deprecated
// http://php.net/manual/en/function.mysql-query.php
// inserting with a PDO object, assuming an auto incremented id
$sql = "INSERT INTO boxes (x, y, w, h) VALUES(?, ?, ?, ?)";
$sth = $dbh->prepare($sql);
$id = $dbh->lastInsertId();

Check this page for a more thorough implementation of a REST API in PHP http://www.gen-x-design.com/archives/create-a-rest-api-with-php/


You forgot to send ID.

//$id = $_POST[‘cid’];

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Make Id to AUTO_INCREMENT and remove from code:

$id = $_POST[‘cid’];

mysql_query("INSERT INTO boxes (x, y, w, h)
                         VALUES('$x', '$y', '$w', '$h')
                       ") or die(mysql_error());