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How to use JQuery dialog as Confirm dialog?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in jQuery, jQuery UI | 0 comments

There are quite a few articles you might have read on SimpleCodeStuffs on jQuery like jQuery Tutorial for Beginners, AJAX implementation in Servlets using jQuery and jQuery UI etc.
This example will help you if you have any one of below queries:

  • How to implement “confirmation” dialog in jQuery UI dialog?
  • How to use jQuery UI dialog as JavaScript confirm BOX?
  • How to use JQuery dialog as Confirm dialog?
  • jQuery UI Replacement for alert()

Issue: How many times did you have to code some confirmation logic on your website to ensure that your users are sure about the action they are about to perform?
A typical example is prompting the user to confirm that they are sure about deleting a record. In typical/boring JavaScript world, you would do something like this:






function deleteConfirmation() {  
    return confirm("Are you sure you want to delete this item?");

There is nothing wrong with this above code. However, it is plain. You cannot customize it with CSS make it look consistent with your site’s colour and identity.

jQuery to the rescue

jQuery UI has the solution for you. You can use the jQuery UI Dialog to present users with customized confirmation/dialog boxes as shown below.
Let’s see how to implement this


Firstly, let’s add the necessary jQuery libraries in the head section of the Jsp page.




File: confirmJs.js

    $('#Delete').click(function(event) {
	var currentForm = $(this).closest('form');
	/** Create div element for delete confirmation dialog*/
	var dynamicDialog = $('
'+ ''+ 'Are you sure to delete the item?
'); dynamicDialog.dialog({ title : "Are you sure?", closeOnEscape: true, modal : true, buttons : [{ text : "Yes", click : function() { $(this).dialog("close"); currentForm.submit(); } }, { text : "No", click : function() { $(this).dialog("close"); } }] }); return false; }); });

The code above instantiates the dialog box and assigns it two buttons. The”Yes”and”No”buttons. The “Yes” is responsible for submitting the form to the server.

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Ajax Cascading DropDownList in JSP & Servlet using JQuery and JSON

Posted by on Apr 12, 2015 in Ajax, jQuery, Servlet | 5 comments

Dynamic Dependent Select Box using Jquery
There are times in a web application where you want to populate a dropdown list based on the value of another drop down list. In this example, we will be creating a dropdown list for favorite spots and favorite player; since this scenario involves in returning complex java objects like lists, maps, etc, so I’m using JSON for this purpose.

In the article on AJAX in Servlet & jsp using JQuery I have demonstrated on returning simple object from servlet to jsp via jquery.


Library required

Google gson

Project Structure

Ajax using jquery and json

Steps done to set up our Servlet for JSON

From the browser perspective: jQuery

jQuery allows you to fire an ajax request via get or post method and expects a JSON object as a response, as described in my previous post the first and second parameter of these method are the url and a key-value pair and the third argument of get method is a function that defines what is to be done with the response that is got back from the Servlet.

Recommended reading:


Jsp Page


AJAX in Servlet using JQuery and JSON

AJAX in Servlet using JQuery and JSON

Select Favorite Sports:

Select Favorite Player:

Here jquery will fire an ajax request when the value of the first dropdown is changed(id=”sports”).

Another must read:

From the server’s perspective: Servlet

In Servlet, I’m going to use a GSON library to convert Java objects (lists, maps etc) to JSON strings that will be parsed by JQuery in the JSP page and will be displayed on the web page and note that I have returned the response back to jsp based on the value of sports parameter which i pass to the servlet via jQuery’s get() method.



package com.action;

import java.util.*;
import javax.servlet.ServletException;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletResponse;

public class JsonServlet extends HttpServlet {

	private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;

	protected void doGet(HttpServletRequest request,
		HttpServletResponse response) throws ServletException, IOException {

		String sportsName = request.getParameter("sportsName");
		List list = new ArrayList();
		String json = null;

		if (sportsName.equals("Football")) {
			list.add("Lionel Messi");
			list.add("Cristiano Ronaldo");
			list.add("David Beckham");
			list.add("Diego Maradona");
		} else if (sportsName.equals("Cricket")) {
			list.add("Sourav Ganguly");
			list.add("Sachin Tendulkar");
			list.add("Lance Klusener");
			list.add("Michael Bevan");
		} else if (sportsName.equals("Select Sports")) {
			list.add("Select Player");

		json = new Gson().toJson(list);



Servlet mapping should be done in web.xml as shown below






On selecting ‘Football’ in the first dropdown list
Dynamic Dependent Select Box in JSP
On selecting ‘Cricket’ in the first dropdown list

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  • jQuery.get()
  • jQuery.each()
  • Wikipedia : JSON

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    Refresh DIV Content Without Reloading Page using jQuery

    Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in jQuery | 0 comments

    In my previous post, I explained about making AJAX calls to a servlet from a JSP page and updating a part of the JSP page with the response from the Servlet.
    This article will help you to Refresh DIV Content Without Reloading Page using jQuery with simple html page.

    Refresh Div without Reloading Page

    Refresh DIV Content Without Reloading Page using jQuery

    Demo by Mohaideen - @ SimpleCodeStuffs

    This div will get refreshed for every 2 seconds..!

    Another must read article


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    AJAX Tooltip in Java Web Application using qTip2 jQuery plugin

    Posted by on Mar 29, 2015 in Ajax, J2EE, jQuery, Servlet | 0 comments

    This article discusses AJAX Tooltip in Java Web Application using qTip2 jQuery plugin. This library is used for creating Asynchronous display of tool tip.

    Library required


    Project Structure

    Now Create a dynamic web project in Eclipse with following folder structure
    qTip2 Project structure

    Set up from browser perspective: jQuery qTip2

    Jsp form which ToolTip via ajax

    AJAX Tool tip using qTip2 jQuery plugin

    Qtip2 Demo With Ajax Call

    Student Details


    The JQuery code written on the head section of the jsp page is responsible for the AJAX call made to the servlet.
    Another must read:
    jQuery form validation using jQuery Validation plugin
    jQuery Tutorial for Beginners

    From the server’s perspective: Servlet

    In Servlet, I’m going to use a GSON library to convert Java objects to JSON strings that will be parsed by JQuery in the JSP page and will be displayed on the web page and note that I have returned the response back to jsp based on the value of ‘id’ parameter which i pass to the servlet via jQuery’s ajax() method.

    Servlet implementation


    package servlet;
    import javax.servlet.ServletException;
    import javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet;
    import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest;
    import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletResponse;
    import model.Student;
    import service.StudentService;
    public class Qtip2StudentServlet extends HttpServlet {
    	private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;
    	protected void doGet(HttpServletRequest request,
      	    HttpServletResponse response) throws ServletException, IOException {
    		String id = request.getParameter("id");
    		Student student = StudentService.getStudentWithId(id);
    		String json = new Gson().toJson(student);


    Model class


    package model;
    public class Student {
    	private String name;
    	private String mark;
    	private String id;
    	private String address;
    	private String phoneNo;
    	public String getName() {
    		return name;
    	public String getMark() {
    		return mark;
    	public String getId() {
    		return id;
    	public String getAddress() {
    		return address;
    	public String getPhoneNo() {
    		return phoneNo;
    	public void setName(String name) { = name;
    	public void setMark(String mark) {
    		this.mark = mark;
    	public void setId(String id) { = id;
    	public void setAddress(String address) {
    		this.address = address;
    	public void setPhoneNo(String phoneNo) {
    		this.phoneNo = phoneNo;


    Business class

    This Business Service class which provides static data using model class.

    package service;
    import java.util.ArrayList;
    import java.util.List;
    import model.Student;
    public class StudentService {
    	public static List getStudentList() {
    		List listOfStudent = new ArrayList();
    		Student s1 = new Student();
    		s1.setAddress("Chennai India");
    		s1.setPhoneNo("+91- 123456789");
    		Student s2 = new Student();
    		s2.setAddress("Kolkatta India");
    		s2.setPhoneNo("+91- 542789");
    		Student s3 = new Student();
    		s3.setAddress("Bangalore India");
    		s3.setPhoneNo("+91- 123456");
    		Student s4 = new Student();
    		s4.setAddress("Vizag India");
    		s4.setPhoneNo("+91- 6789012");
    		return listOfStudent;
    	public static Student getStudentWithId(String id) {
    		List listOfStudent = getStudentList();
    		Student targetStudent = null;
    		for (Student student : listOfStudent) {
    			if (student.getId().equalsIgnoreCase(id)) {
    				targetStudent = student;
    			} else {
    		return targetStudent;



    Make sure you have done servlet mapping properly in web.xml file. An example of this is given below,




    While loading tooltip from server side, a simple loading image gets displayed as below.
    Once the data is loaded from server side via ajax, that data is displayed in the browser as shown below.


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    jQuery Tutorial for Beginners

    Posted by on Feb 22, 2015 in Ajax, jQuery | 0 comments

    jQuery Tutorials
    In this article we are going to take a look at introduction to jQuery, what it is, what is does and why we should use in our website.
    If you are looking to perform Ajax operations in your website with lot of cool effects on it and you are not completely familiar with java script, then jQuery is a very easy and flexible way to integrate thing like effects, Ajax, animation and so on.

    A Little Bit About jQuery

    jQuery is Open-Source JavaScript library that contains variety of functions and other functionality that allows you to do the effects in an easier way and it is widely used for the below advantages.

    • DOM manipulation
    • AJAX
    • Animations
    • Extensibility through plugins


    Why should you use it?

    • Easy to learn! It uses CSS syntax for selection
    • Its tiny 93.5 KB, it loads really fast in most browsers.
    • Documented & Supported
    • Cross browser compatibility: IE 6+, FF 2+ and with most major browsers
    • It is the most used JavaScript library on the web today
      • 39% of all sites that use JavaScript use jQuery.


    How to use jQuery

    In order to use jQuery you need to load it, you can either include it locally on your own server:

    • <script src=”/js/jquery.js”>

    Or use one of the CDN’s made available:


    Introduction to DOM?

    The DOM is everything you write in your html documents, images, css, all your tags, everything. When a web page is loaded, the browser creates a Document Object Model of the page. The HTML DOM model is constructed as a tree of Objects.


    The DOM is a mess. There are a million different ways to accomplish things within it and many different doctypes and uppercase and lowercase are allowed attributes that sometimes need quotes, and other times don’t. JQuery is coded around all those inconsistencies.

    JQuery can modify the DOM, but it can’t do so until the DOM is ready. So how can I be sure my code runs at DOM ready?
    Wrap all your jQuery code with the document ready function.

    // all jQuery code goes here


    Load Scripts at the Bottom

    When scripts are downloading they block everything else in almost all browsers!
    Best practice: The DOM is loaded top to bottom, so include your scripts at the bottom of your page so they don’t interrupt page content downloads.

    And BOOM! Goes The Dynamite!!!

    Break It Down!

    Basic jQuery Selectors


    $("div"); // selects all HTML div elements
    $("#myElement"); // selects one HTML element with ID "myElement"
    $(".myClass"); // selects HTML elements with class "myClass"
    $("p#myElement"); // selects paragraph elements with ID "myElement"
    $("ul li a.navigation"); // selects anchors with class "navigation" that are nested in list items
    $("p > a"); // selects anchors that are direct children of paragraphs
    $("input[type=text]"); // selects inputs that have specified type
    $("a:first"); // selects the first anchor on the page
    $("p:odd"); // selects all odd numbered paragraphs
    $("li:first-child"); // every list item that's first child in a list


    Manipulating and Accessing CSS Class Names

    JQuery allows you to easily add, remove, and toggle CSS classes, which comes in handy for a variety of practical uses. Here are the different syntaxes for accomplishing this:

    $("div").addClass("content"); // adds class "content" to all 
    elements $("div").removeClass("content"); // removes class "content" from all
    elements $("div").toggleClass("content"); // toggles the class "content" on all
    elements //(adds it if it doesn't exist, and removes it if it does)

    You can also check to see if a selected element has a particular CSS class, and then run some code if it does. You would check this using an if statement. Here is an example:

    if ($("#myElement").hasClass("content")) {
    // do something here

    You could also check a set of elements (instead of just one), and the result would return “true” if any one of the elements contained the class.

    Manipulating CSS Styles with jQuery

    CSS styles can be added to elements easily using jQuery, and it’s done in a cross-browser fashion. Here are some examples to demonstrate this:

    $("p").css("width", "400px"); // adds a width to all paragraphs
    $("#myElement").css("color", "blue") // makes text color blue on element #myElement
    $("ul").css("border", "solid 1px #ccc") // adds a border to all lists


     Hide and Seek





    Similar to .show() there is a hide method as well.





    You Can Chain Most Methods Together




    Getters and Setters

    Dual Purpose Methods
    jQuery Getter
    jQuery Setters

    Dealing with Events in jQuery

    Specific event handlers can be established using the following code:

    $("#myID").click(function() {
    // do something here
    // when element with id="myID" is clicked is clicked

    The code inside function() will only run when an anchor is clicked. Some other common events you might use in jQuery include: blur, focus, hover, keydown, load, mousemove, resize, scroll, submit, select.
    I have explained about Ajax implementation in a click event via java web application using jQuery in the article here. In that example I have returned a simple java object from server side to and update in the jsp page via Ajax, Now inorder to return a complex java object from server side I have used JSON for this purpose. Please refer the article here to learn on how to implement Ajax in java web application using jQuery to return complex objects.

    Jquery UI

    jQuery UI is a curated set of user interface interactions, effects, widgets, and themes built on top of the jQuery JavaScript Library. Whether you’re building highly interactive web applications or you just need to add a date picker to a form control, jQuery UI is the perfect choice.

    Refer to learn more on jQueryUi.

    Jquery Plugins

    “If you want to create an animation, effect or UI component, chances are pretty good that someone has done your work for you already.”
    Refer to know more about wide variety of jQuery plugins.
    Listed are the few of jQuery plugins which I have explored and found to be greatly useful.

    Keep in mind that this tutorial is just a bunch of straightforward code examples and brief explanations for beginners who want to avoid all the jargon and complexities. But I still highly recommend that all beginners get past this stuff by means of a good book, or by using the jQuery documentation. Thanks for reading.

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    Pagination in Struts 2 using jQuery jTable plugin

    Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Ajax, jQuery, Struts-2 | 1 comment

    jtable_pagination in struts2
    This is the third article on jQuery jTable plugin in Struts 2 that describes on how to implement pagination feature to do server side paging in struts 2 using the JQuery jTable plugin and here I have not explained about how to setup jTable plugin in struts 2. So If you have not read my previous articles “Setting up JQuery jTable plugin in Struts 2” and “Ajax based curd operation in Struts 2 using JQuery jTables plugin”, I will recommend that you read that article first because first one explains how you can integrate the JTable plugin in Struts 2 application and second article explains on how to implement ajax based curd operation. This article will assume that the code for the integration of the jQuery JTable plugin is implemented, and only the code required for implementing pagination in Struts 2 using jTable is explained here.


    As described above, the prerequisite for this code is that you integrate the jQuery jTable plugin into the Struts 2. You can find detailed instructions here, at JQuery jTable plugin in Struts 2, so now I am going to take the sample application I created for explaining AJAX based crud operations in jTable plugin and continue to implement paging for that application.
    1. Download sample application from here and import the project in eclipse
    2. Follow the steps in this article here to create table in database.

    Steps to enable Paging:


    From the browser perspective: jTable

    To enable paging, paging option must set to true. You can also set pageSize option (default value is 10) in jQuery Script code.

        paging: true, //Set paging enabled
        pageSize: 3, //Set page size
        actions: {
        fields: {

    Note: pageSize sets the initial number of records to be displayed per page.

    Modified Jsp page


    jTable Pagination in Java Web Applications

    jTable Pagination in Java Web Applications


    From the server’s perspective: Servlet

    If paging is enabled, jTable sends two query string parameters to the server on listAction AJAX call:
    jtStartIndex: Start index of records for current page.
    jtPageSize: Count of maximum expected records.
    And it expects additional information from server:
    TotalRecordCount: Total count of records.
    In our previous example the url specified in the ‘listAction‘ option has business logic to fetch all records from database. Now in order to handle pagination this ‘listAction’ option should fetch only a part of records for each page, So handle this there are two changes that has to be done in the server side .
    1. Modify oracle query to fetch only a subset of records based on the jtStartIndex and jtPageSize.

    Since these values are sent along with the request as string parameters by jTable so add following member variable in struts 2 action class and create getters and setters for the same

    // Holds Start Page Index
    private int jtStartIndex;
    // Hold records to be displayed per Page 
    private int jtPageSize;	

    2. As mentioned above, jTable need TotalRecordCount to be present in the json response, For which add a member variable totalRecordCount in struts 2 action class and create getters and setters for the same.
    Now replace the list method in action class with the below code,

    public String list() {
    try {
    	// Fetch Data from Student Table
    	records = dao.getAllStudents(jtStartIndex, jtPageSize);
    	// Get Total Record Count for Pagination
    	totalRecordCount = dao.getStudentCount();
    	result = "OK";
    } catch (Exception e) {
    	result = "ERROR";
    	message = e.getMessage();
    return Action.SUCCESS;


    Changes made at Dao class

    Add below two methods in ‘’ file

    1. Method to get the count of total number of records in the result set.

    public int getStudentCount()
    int count=0;
    	Statement stmt = dbConnection.createStatement();
    	ResultSet rs = stmt.executeQuery("SELECT COUNT(*) AS COUNT FROM STUDENT");		
    	while ( 
    catch (SQLException e) 
    return count;

    2. In order to return only a subset of records according to the page offset (jtStartIndex and jtPageSize), oracle query should be modified as follows,

    In case of Oracle database:
    “SELECT * from (Select M.*, Rownum R from STUDENT M) where r > ” + < jtStartIndex> +” and r <= "+< jtStartIndex + jtPageSize >;
    In case of MySql database:

    select * from STUDENT limit ,


    Now modify getAllUsers in using below code

    public List getAllStudents(int startPageIndex, int recordsPerPage) {
    List students = new ArrayList();
    int range = startPageIndex+recordsPerPage;
    String query="SELECT * from (Select M.*, Rownum R From STUDENT M) where r > " + startPageIndex +" and r <= "+range;
    	Statement stmt = dbConnection.createStatement();
    	ResultSet rs = stmt.executeQuery(query);
    	while (
    		Student student = new Student();
    catch (SQLException e) 
    return students;

    This function returns only a subset of records according to the page offset (jtStartIndex and jtPageSize).
    Now on running the application, with the above changes, the final demo looks as shown below:


    jTable official website
    AJAX based CRUD tables using ASP.NET MVC 3 and jTable jQuery plug-in

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