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javaQuery is an Java port of jQuery, and is designed to be as syntactically alike as possible in Java. javaQuery is derived from my original Android port droidQuery.

For those not familiar with jQuery, it essentially provides magic for allowing the simultaneous manipulation of a set of UI entities (using animations, attributes settings, etc), as well as to perform complex tasks, such as asynchronous network tasks. javaQuery can do all of these things.

Essentially, javaQuery provides this same type of magic for the view hierarchy and AsyncTasks, and can be used to perform other frequent jobs, such as showing alert messages. Also like jQuery, javaQuery allows the addition of extensions to add to the power of the library. A list of known extensions is available on the wiki.

How to Include javaQuery in your Project

The simplest way to include javaQuery in your project is to copy the latest release jar into your project's build path, and if building from the command line, to reference the jar in your classpath.


Copyright 2013 Phil Brown

javaQuery is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

How to Use

Note: If you find any bugs or would like functionality that is missing, please create a new issue (

Below are some of the most common tasks for which javaQuery can be used. A sample application can also be found in the samples directory. The relevant code can be found in You may also browse the javadocs here. Finally, most of the jQuery API Documentation is sufficient to explain the javaQuery API.

To instantiate a new droidQuery, you need to pass in a Component, or set of Components. The simplest way to create the instance is using the with static methods:


Once you have the javaQuery instance, you can either save it as a variable, or chain calls to manipulate the selected Component or Components.


To perform an asynchronous network task, you can use ajax. The most straight-forward way to create and start an ajax task is with the $.ajax(AjaxOptions) method. For example:

$.ajax(new AjaxOptions().url("")
                        .success(new Function() {
                            public void invoke($ javaQuery, Object... params) {
                                javaQuery.alert((String) params[0]);
                        }).error(new Function() {
                            public void invoke($ javaQuery, Object... params) {
                                int statusCode = (Integer) params[1];
                                String error = (String) params[2];
                                Log.e("Ajax", statusCode + " " + error);


javaQuery is packaged with an advanced logging library that uses ANSI to print formatted text. If your console does not support ANSI, it is recommended you either install a plug-in (such as this one for Eclipse), or simply add this call to disable ANSI output:



javaQuery can be used to get or change the attributes of its selected Components. The most common methods include attr() to get an attribute, attr(String, Object) to set an attribute, val() to get the value of a UI element (such as String for JLabels, etc), and val(Object) to set the value.


The Callbacks Object provides a simple way to manage and fire sets of callbacks. To get an instance of this Object, use $.Callbacks().


javaQuery can be used to animate the selected Components. The simplest way to perform a custom animation is by using the animate(String, long, Easing, Function) method. For example:

$.with(myComponent).children().animate("{left: 100px, top: 100, width: 50%, height: 50% }", 400, Easing.LINEAR, new Function() {
    public void invoke($ javaQuery, Object... params)
    {"animation complete");

It can also be used to perform pre-configured animations, such as fades (using fadeIn, fadeOut, fadeTo, and fadeToggle) and slides (slideUp, slideDown, slideLeft, and slideRight).


javaQuery can be used to register for notification Strings sent by other objects. For example:

//Register for a notification (one of several methods)
$.make().listenTo("print", new Function() {
    public void invoke($ javaQuery, Object... params) {
        String message = "";
        if (params != null && params.length > 0)
            if (params[0] instanceof Map) {
                Map map = (Map) params[0];
                if (map.containsKey("message"))
                    message = (String) map.get("message");

        Log.i("Printer", message);

//send a notification
$.make().notify("print", $.map($.entry("message", "this is a message"));


The real magic behind javaQuery is its ability to manipulate a set of UI elements at one instance. a Component or a set of Componentss can be passed to a javaQuery instance using any of the with methods, or a new instance of javaQuery containing a set of Components can be created using any of the selector methods, including view, child, parent, children, siblings, slice, selectAll, selectByType, selectChildren, selectEmpties, selectFocused, selectHidden, selectVisible, id, selectComponentWithName selectOnlyChilds, and selectParents, among others.


javaQuery also comes with several methods that simplify a lot of common tasks. including:

  • map(String)/map(JSONObject) - converts a JSON String or a JSONObject to a Map Object
  • map(Entry...) - quickly make a Map Object
  • entry(String, Object) - quickly make a Map Entry Object
  • alert - show an alert dialog
  • write - write text to a file
  • parseJSON - parses a JSON string and returns a JSONObject
  • parseXML - parses an XML string and returns a Document Object

A note about Scripts

In jQuery, there is an Ajax type called Script, which can be used to download a Javascript file. This type also exists in javaQuery, but instead of Javascript, it expects a command-line script, which is run in a Java process. A request may likely look like this:

$.ajax("{url: '', type: 'post', dataType: 'script', data: '{id: 4, setting: 1}' }");

and as long as the request was successful, the script that responds will be run automatically.

If the script calculates some data, the response would include the script output.

Special Thanks

This project uses a modified version of the Timing Framework for core animations. Without this project, which is similar to Android libraries I am familiar with, this port would have taken longer to complete.