parameters snippets

How to parse request parameters with JavaScript

Tagged javascript, jquery, request, parameters, url, parse  Languages javascript


var Request = {
    parameter: function(name) {
      return this.parameters()[name];
    parameters: function(uri) {
      var i, parameter, params, query, result;
      result = {};
      if (!uri) {
        uri =;
      if (uri.indexOf("?") === -1) {
        return {};
      query = uri.slice(1);
      params = query.split("&");
      i = 0;
      while (i < params.length) {
        parameter = params[i].split("=");
        result[parameter[0]] = parameter[1];
      return result;


// ?query=test
var query = Request.parameter('query');

var parameters = Request.parameters();
// This works too
var query = parameters.query;
// And this
var query = parameters['query'];

// Replacing a parameter is easy with jQuery
parameters Request.parameters();
// change sort order
parameters.order = 'new-world-order'
new_parameters = $.param(parameters)
url = window.location.pathname + "?" + new_parameters

How to filter post parameters with nginx and the Perl module

Tagged nginx, post, perl, parameters, filter  Languages apacheconf

This example demonstrates how to inspect and filter POST parameters sent through nginx to a backend server with Perl:

nginx => filter (perl) => backend

This could also be done with the Lua module.


http {
    perl_modules  /tmp;

    server {
        # The action we want to filter
        location = /bananas/create {
          perl  filter::handler;
        # The backend server
        location = /backend {
            internal; # Only allowed internally
            proxy_pass http://backend/bananas/create;
        # The action that handles blocked requests
        location = /blocked {
            perl filter::block;


package filter;
use nginx;

# Handle request
sub handler {
  my $r = shift;
  if ($r->has_request_body(\&checkRequest)) {
    return OK;
  return OK;

# Print a message
sub blocked {
  my $r = shift;
  return OK;

# Check request for invalid parameter
sub checkRequest {
  my $r = shift;
  my $body = $r->request_body;
  # Try to detect invalid POST parameters
  if ($body =~ /credit_card=/) {
     $r->internal_redirect("/blocked"); # Redirect to /blocked
  } else {
     $r->internal_redirect("/backend"); # Redirect to /backend
  return OK;


Raw SQL queries with ActiveRecord's find_by_sql and select_all

Tagged activerecord, find_by_sql, parameters, raw, select_all, sql  Languages ruby

Raw SQL queries can be executed with ActiveRecord’s find_by_sql and select_all methods.

If you have an ActiveRecord::Model use find_by_sql:

sql = "select * from honey where bee = :bee offset :offset limit :limit"
honey = Honey.find_by_sql([ sql, bee: 'Russian honey bee', offset: 1000, limit: 10 ])

In this example find_by_sql will return instances of the Honey model. The bind variables can be given as parameters to the find_by_sql method.

The other option is to return the raw SQL results as an array of hashes using select_all:

bee = ActiveRecord::Base.connection.quote('Russian honey bee')
offset = ActiveRecord::Base.connection.quote(1000)
limit = ActiveRecord::Base.connection.quote(10)
sql = "select * from honey where bee = #{bee} offset #{offset} limit #{limit}"

select_all does not accept bind variable, so you need to insert any SQL conditions into the SQL and quote them yourself.