Invalid argument in IE

You may face the following error message in IE while working with the JavaScript API:

Message: Invalid argument.
Line: 21
Char: 4
Code: 0
URI: ...

This error happens because IE does not allow spaces in the window name, for example the following code will cause the invalid argument error in IE:'test.htm','New Window','width=400,height=400');

To resolve this error, the solution is simple just remove the spaces from the window name and it will work fine:'test.htm','NewWindow','width=400,height=400');

Finally, the other interesting fact is that IE does not allow the window name to have dashes “-“, so you have to remove it from the window name to make the API working fine in IE.

TypeError: this._arrayOfTopLevelItems is undefined

You may find this Dojo error when you are trying to create a JSON store object from a JSON string as follows:

var store = new{
	data: jsonString

To resolve this issue, all what you should do is to convert the json string to a json object by using the dojo.fromJson as follows:

var store = new{
	data: dojo.fromJson(jsonString)

Ajax file upload to a Java Servlet in HTML5

HTML5 comes with a great feature which is the ability to upload files using the XMLHttpRequest version 2.
Modern Gecko and WebKit browsers include a wonderful object FormData that allows combining both simple and complex form data (text and files) in the Ajax request object.

Let's show you how to do this.

In the example, we are having a form with two fields, one field represents a simple text field, and the other one represents a file field as shown in the code below.

<form id="form1">    

    <label for="sampleText">Please enter a text</label>

    <input id="sampleText" name="sampleText" type="text" /> <br/>

    <label for="sampleFile">Please select a file

    <input id="sampleFile" name="sampleFile" type="file" /> <br/>

    <input id="uploadBtn" type="button" value="Ajax Submit" onClick="performAjaxSubmit();"></input>


<script type="text/javascript">

    function performAjaxSubmit() {

        var sampleText = document.getElementById("sampleText").value;

        var sampleFile = document.getElementById("sampleFile").files[0];

        var formdata = new FormData();

        formdata.append("sampleText", sampleText);

        formdata.append("sampleFile", sampleFile);

        var xhr = new XMLHttpRequest();       "POST","/fileUploadTester/FileUploader", true);


        xhr.onload = function(e) {

            if (this.status == 200) {






As we see in the listed code, it is a normal old XHR code, but it has two differences:
1. The files property in the HTML5 input file, which gives you the ability to get the file(s) object(s).
2. The FormData object, which has one method called append, that allows adding any form data (text and file) to the object. The FormData object has another big advantage which is making the Ajax request “multipart/form-data” without writting any special code.

Now, Let's move to the Servlet code (Iam using Apache Commons File Upload for handling the multipart form request parsing).

public class FileUploader extends HttpServlet {

    protected void doPost(HttpServletRequest request,

                          HttpServletResponse response)

                          throws ServletException, IOException {

        String ajaxUpdateResult = "";

        try {

            List items = new ServletFileUpload(new DiskFileItemFactory()).parseRequest(request);            

            for (FileItem item : items) {

                if (item.isFormField()) {

                    ajaxUpdateResult += "Field " + item.getFieldName() + 

                    " with value: " + item.getString() + " is successfully read\n\r";

                } else {

                    String fileName = item.getName();

                    InputStream content = item.getInputStream();



                    // Do whatever with the content InputStream.


                    ajaxUpdateResult += "File " + fileName + " is successfully uploaded\n\r";



        } catch (FileUploadException e) {

            throw new ServletException("Parsing file upload failed.", e);




The Servlet simply parses the multipart form request and then constructs a message with the result.

Please keep in mind that this code will work with Chrome 5 and Safari 5, Firefox 4 but unfortunately will not work with IE9 because miserably IE9 does not have the FormData object, I will show later how you can achieve the same behaviour in IE9 “Iam sure you will not like it because it is much harder ;-)”.

Download the complete code from here.

Reading the Dojo DateTextBox in your custom format

In Dojo 1.4, you can use the DateTextBox component for showing an input calendar for the user, as follows:

<label for="sampleDate">Select the Date: </label>
<input id="sampleDate" dojoType="dijit.form.DateTextBox"></input>
<button id="sampleButton" class="buttonClass" id="getDateValue" 
dojoType="dijit.form.Button" type="button" 
onclick="getDateValue();">Get Date Value</button>

However, getting the date value using the value property dijit.byId("sampleDate").value will result in a value like this:

Wed Nov 30 2011 00:00:00 GMT+0200

If you want to simply format the date object in the “yyyy-MM-dd” format (for example), you can use the as follows:"sampleDate").value, {datePattern: "yyyy-MM-dd", selector: "date"})

The complete getDateValue JavaScript function is as follows:

<script type="text/javascript">
function getDateValue() {
    alert("Default Date: " + dijit.byId("sampleDate").value);
    alert("Formatted Date: " +"sampleDate").value, 
    {datePattern: "yyyy-MM-dd", selector: "date"}));

I wish that this tip can be useful to you.

[Problem] Tried to register widget with id==xxx but that id is already registered

You may face this error while working with the Dojo widgets. The main reason behind this error is that you are trying to create a widget with an id that already exists. The holder of this id may be the same widget.

If it is the same widget then you can destroy the old attached Dojo widget before re-creating the new one again as shown:

attachedWidget = dijit.byId("xxx");
if (attachedWidget ) {			
    attachedWidget = null;
// Create the new attached widget here with the same id (xxx)...

If it is not the same widget then you can create the widget with another id without having to destroy the old one.

Invoking SCA Components from your Dojo iWidget Components in the WebSphere Process Server

To be able to call an SCA component from a Dojo iWidget component in a convenient way, you need to provide an HTTP Export for the SCA component. In this post, I will show you how to do this in details.

The complete post is here:

Uncaught TypeError: Object #<a Document#> has no method ‘write’

Error Conditions:
This issue happens when you use GMaps4JSF with Google Chrome (also Safari) in Facelets XHTML files (The default PDL for JSF 2.0). Actually this issue generally happens when you make make any include to Google Maps inside XHTML files:

<script src=";v=2&amp;sensor=false&amp;key=ABQIAAAAxrVS1QxlpJHXxQ2Vxg2bJBQdkFK-tWRbPPQS4ACM1pq_e-PltxQXeyH20wQuqDaQ_6EM5UeGGVpnIw"> </script>

Just set the content type to “text/html”:

<f:view contentType="text/html">

"IE Sucks" Series continued – #2

IE Ajax problem “Could not complete operation c00ce56e”.
This error appears in the stupid IE when you don't set your server response character encoding to “UTF-8”.
This ugly behavior is M$ IE copyrighted, I really didn't find in any other modern browsers like (FF, Opera).

To solve this problem :
Set your Servlet or JSP response type to UTF-8 as follows: