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CHAPTER 17: Web Applications with Spring > Using jQuery and jQuery UI

Using jQuery and jQuery UI

Although the views for our contact application work well, the user interface is quite raw. For example, for the birth date field, it would be much better if we could add a date picker when the user enters the birth date of the contact, instead of inputting the date string manually.

To provide a richer interface to the users of a web application, unless you are using rich Internet application (RIA) technologies that require special runtimes on the web browser client (for example, Adobe Flex requires Flash, JavaFX requires JRE, Microsoft Silverlight requires Silverlight, and so on), you need to use JavaScript to implement the features.

However, developing web frontends with raw JavaScript is not easy. The syntax is very different from Java, and you also need to deal with cross-browser compatibility issues. As a result, a lot of open source JavaScript libraries are available that can make the process easier, such as jQuery, Dojo Toolkit, and so on.


  

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