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How to send XML request

This will probably be a softball for many of you.  The API documentation for EditRecord is typical in that it offers an XML Request example as well as a URL alternative.  From the documentation, here is the XML Post request method:


POST https://www.quickbase.com/db/bfxjk9t7g HTTP/1.0
Content-Type: application/xml
   <field fid="94">33</field>

My question is:  What is the context for this code?  Where does one write this XML request string?  Is it part of a larger XML document?  How does one call it?  For example, say I want a button to edit another record using the XML request method.

Could someone please give a simple, but complete example of the implementation of an XML request for, say, editing a record? 

And if the above documentation code is really not the way to go, I'd be happy to use a jQuery alternative.  I just would like to understand the context. 

Thanks for your help.


    The QuickBase API documents HTTP requests and response formats and is agnostic to which language (javascript, ruby, python, perl, java, ...) is used to make the network calls. So the documentation describes the HTTP format of the request and response. For an introduction see:

    HTTP Made Really Easy


    Additionally, QuickBase generally allows parameters to be sent in HTTP request (1) through the url, (2) in the headers, or (3) in the optional request body. 

    Many of these details become transparent if you just mimic an example. Here is how your request could be sent using JavaScript and jQuery.


    However, I could probably come up with a dozen different ways to send that same request by playing with the method, headers, and request body.


      So there are a few questions that come up in response to your question.  Like:

      • What is the reason for the implementation?
      • What code language are you wanting to use?
      • What is you technical ability?

      You do need to have some code writing knowledge to understand what you are doing and why.

      There is a sdk for almost every popular code language.  Here is a link:


      If you know which language you want to use then the above link should help.

      But here is an effort to answer your question.

      If you are hosting the page that will edit a record in Quickbase then you might want to use jQuery.  Here is an example:


      Add this code to a user defined page.  Customize->Application->Page->Add Page->Text.

      Change the user specific sections like YOUR PAGE TITLE, YOURDBID, YOURRID, etc...

      Save it with a name that ends in .html.

      If you would like some more hands on assistance, please feel free to contact me using me contact information in my profile.


         If you can't use jQuery, you can use Ruby outside the browser .  The following code generates your XML and sends it to QuickBase -


        require 'quickbase_client'

        qbc = QuickBase::Client.new("quickbase_username","quickbase_password")




        # if you know the name of the '94' field, you can use -

        qbc = QuickBase::Client.new("quickbase_username","quickbase_password")

        qbc.editRecord("bfxjk9t7g","1",{"field_name" => "33"})


        # 1) download ruby from http://rubyforge.org/frs/download.php/73722/rubyinstaller-1.9.2-p136.exe

        # 2) download ruby quickbase_client by typing 'gem install quickbase_client'

        # 3) run this ruby script by typing 'ruby edit_record.rb'


        # More info here - https://www.quickbase.com/db/bcdcajmrf

        # quickbase_client - https://rubygems.org/gems/quickbase_client




          Thanks to Dan, Charles, and Gareth for their thoughtful and to-the-point replies.  I do have considerable experience with JavaScript, QuickBaseClient.js and the URL method of the QuickBase HTTP API.  I just couldn't figure out how to implement the XML method.  Dan's example certainly pointed the way, and Charle's code for insertion into a QB custom page absolutely hit the mark. I get it now and can proceed to further exploration and learning. Thanks again for the responses.

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