Function for getting url parameter with hash or search tag

In web development, it’s often necessary to extract parameters from a URL, whether they’re in hash tags or search tags. This tutorial presents a custom function designed to fetch all parameters from either type of tag and store them in a config object. This object can then be used for various further processes.

The getLinkParameters Function

The getLinkParameters function is designed to fetch parameters from a URL. Here’s the function:

function getLinkParameters(){
  var config = {};
  if(location.search){
    addToModel(location.search.slice(1).split('&'));
  }
  if(location.hash){
    addToModel(location.hash.slice(1).split('&'));
  }
  function addToModel(searchParams){
    for(var s in searchParams){
      var q = searchParams[s].split('=');
      config[q[0]] = !!q[1] ? unescape(q[1]) : "";
    }
  }
}

How Does getLinkParameters Work?

The getLinkParameters function works as follows:

  1. It creates an object (config) to store the URL parameter values.
  2. It checks whether the URL contains a “Hash” or “Search” tag.
  3. It passes the values from these tags to the addToModel function, after slicing and splitting them by “&”.
  4. The addToModel function checks each parameter, splits it by “=”, and stores the value in the config object.

By the end of this process, all parameters from the URL are stored in the config object.

The updateHashlink Function

The updateHashlink function is used to update the hash tag in the URL when specific site data changes (for example, when a tab on the site is changed). Here’s the function:

function updateHashlink(data){
  var params = [];
  params.push("data="+data);
  params = params.join('&');
  location.hash = params;
  return params;
}

How Does updateHashlink Work?

The updateHashlink function works as follows:

  1. It creates a temporary params array to store parameter values.
  2. It adds data to params using the push function.
  3. It updates the hash tag in the URL using location.hash = params.

By using these two functions, you can effectively manage URL parameters and dynamically update the URL based on changes in site data. This can be particularly useful in single-page applications where the state of the application is often reflected in the URL.

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