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Sample DatePicker for JavaFX using jQuery UI
import javafx.beans.value.ChangeListener;
import javafx.beans.value.ObservableValue;
import javafx.event.EventHandler;
import javafx.scene.layout.StackPane;
import javafx.scene.web.WebEvent;
import javafx.scene.web.WebView;
import java.text.ParseException;
import java.text.SimpleDateFormat;
import java.util.Date;
* Wraps a jQueryUI datepicker in a JavaFX Node.
* See for more information on the wrapped jQueryUI component.
public class DatePicker extends StackPane {
/** default format for a date returned by the jquery date picker (this never needs to change). */
private static final SimpleDateFormat jQueryUiDateFormat = new SimpleDateFormat("MM/dd/yy");
// values representing the current date and format.
private final ReadOnlyObjectWrapper<Date> date = new ReadOnlyObjectWrapper<Date>(new Date());
private SimpleDateFormat dateFormat = new SimpleDateFormat("MM/dd/yy");
private final ReadOnlyStringWrapper dateString = new ReadOnlyStringWrapper(dateFormat.format(date.get()));
/** @param dateFormat a new formatter for the dateString property. */
public void setDateFormat(SimpleDateFormat dateFormat) {
this.dateFormat = dateFormat;
/** @return date object property of the selected date (initializes to today). */
public ReadOnlyObjectProperty<Date> dateProperty() {
return date.getReadOnlyProperty();
/** @return the current value of the selected date object. */
public Date getDate() {
return date.get();
/** @return a string based date property, formatted by a settable formatter (default format will be an the default platform locale short date (e.g. MM/dd/yy). */
public ReadOnlyStringProperty dateStringProperty() {
return dateString.getReadOnlyProperty();
/** @return the current value of a string based date property. */
public String getDateString() {
return dateString.get();
/** helper enum for managing themes. */
enum Theme {
base("base"), blacktie("black-tie"), blitzer("blitzer"), cupertino("cupertino"), dotluv("dot-luv"),
excitebike("excite-bike"), hotsneaks("hot-sneaks"), humanity("humanity"), mintchoc("mint-choc"),
redmond("redmond"), smoothness("smoothness"), southstreet("south-street"), start("start"), swankypurse("swanky-purse"),
trontastic("trontastic"), uidarkness("ui-darkness"), uilightness("ui-lightness"), vader("vader");
final private String themeName;
Theme(String themeName) { this.themeName = themeName; }
@Override public String toString() { return themeName; }
/** @param htmlTemplateUrl refers to html hosted at the specified url used to construct a datepicker. */
DatePicker(String htmlTemplateUrl) {
final WebView webView = new WebView();
public DatePicker() { this(Theme.redmond); }
public DatePicker(Theme theme) { this(theme, null); }
public DatePicker(Theme theme, String initJavaScript) { this(theme, initJavaScript, null); }
public DatePicker(Theme theme, String initJavaScript, String customCSS) { this(theme, initJavaScript, customCSS, null); }
* constructs a new date picker based upon an inline html template.
* @param theme to change the look and feel of the date picker.
* @param initJavaScript custom JavaScript to initialize the datepicker's appearance and functionality; e.g. maxDate: '+1m +1w'
* @param customCSS to allow you to customize the look and feel of the date picker.
* @param googleCdnApiKey to use a google cdn key for retrieving the jquery javascript and css (see
public DatePicker(Theme theme, String initJavaScript, String customCSS, String googleCdnApiKey) {
final WebView webView = new WebView();
webView.getEngine().loadContent(getInlineHtml(theme, initJavaScript, customCSS, googleCdnApiKey));
// initialize the date picker.
private void initPicker(WebView webView) {
// attach a handler for an alert function call which will set the DatePicker's date property.
webView.getEngine().setOnAlert(new EventHandler<WebEvent<String>>() {
@Override public void handle(WebEvent<String> event) {
try { date.set(jQueryUiDateFormat.parse(event.getData())); } catch (ParseException e) { /* no action required */ }
// place the webView holding the jQuery date picker inside this node.
// monitor the date for changes and update the formatted date string to keep it in sync.
date.addListener(new ChangeListener<Date>() {
@Override public void changed(ObservableValue<? extends Date> observableValue, Date oldDate, Date newDate) {
// workaround as I don't know how to size the stack to the size of the enclosed WebPane's html content.
this.setMaxSize(307, 241);
// return an inline html template based upon the provided initialization parameters.
private String getInlineHtml(Theme theme, String initJavaScript, String customCSS, String googleCdnApiKey) {
"<!DOCTYPE html>" +
"<html lang=\"en\">" +
"<head>" +
"<meta charset=\"utf-8\">" +
"<title>jQuery UI Datepicker - Display inline</title>" +
(googleCdnApiKey != null ? ("<script type=\"text/javascript\" src=\"" + googleCdnApiKey+ "\"></script>") : "") +
"<link rel=\"stylesheet\" href=\"" + theme + "/jquery-ui.css\">" +
"<link rel=\"stylesheet\" type=\"text/css\" href=\"\">" +
"<script src=\"\"></script>" +
"<script src=\"\"></script>" +
"<style type=\"text/css\">#ui-datepicker-div {display: none;} " + (customCSS != null ? customCSS : "") + "</style>" +
"<script>" +
"$(function() {" +
"$(\"#datepicker\").datepicker({" +
"onSelect: function(dateText, inst) { alert(dateText); }" +
(initJavaScript != null ? ("," + initJavaScript) : "") +
"});" +
"});" +
"</script>" +
"</head>" +
"<body><span id=\"datepicker\"></span></body>" +
import javafx.application.Application;
import javafx.scene.Scene;
import javafx.scene.control.Label;
import javafx.scene.layout.VBox;
import javafx.stage.Stage;
/** Demonstrates use of a JQueryUI based DatePicker Component to pick a date. */
public class DatePickerExample extends Application {
public static void main(String[] args) { launch(args); }
@Override public void start(Stage stage) {
stage.setTitle("jQueryUI based DatePicker Example");
// create the controls.
final Label selectedDate = new Label();
final DatePicker datePicker = new DatePicker(DatePicker.Theme.redmond, "minDate: '-0d', maxDate: '+0m +2w'");
new SimpleStringProperty("Selected date: ").concat(datePicker.dateStringProperty())
// layout the scene.
VBox layout = new VBox(20);
layout.setStyle("-fx-padding: 20; -fx-font-size: 20; -fx-background-color: cornsilk;");
layout.getChildren().addAll(selectedDate, datePicker);
stage.setScene(new Scene(layout));;

jewelsea commented Dec 2, 2011

A callback from JavaScript to Java could be implemented so that when a date is clicked on it fires an instant callback notification to Java rather than a seperate JavaFX button to pick up the date also needing to be clicked.

The picked date could be monitored by an ObjectProperty very easily.

The scaling of the date picker is done because I like stuff big for demos, but a regular small scaled datepicker or proper css rendering with the right fonts would stop the picker looking fuzzy.

The demo loads a bit slower because of the first time initialization stuff and because it is pulling stuff over the web, it could be optimized for speed.


jewelsea commented Dec 8, 2011

The gist sample has been updated to incorporate the earlier comments into its design.

A screenshot of the component is available at:

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