jQuery timeago in Java with RAP

jQuery timeago in Java with RAP

A few weeks ago I showed you how easy it is to integrate jQuery into RAP using the browser widget. I’d like to show you another example of what can be integrated. Last time I created a carousel widget; this time the demo is something smaller but still really cool.

Yesterday I came across a github repository by Ryan McGeary. He has created a very clever jQuery plug-in called “timeago“. What this plug-in does is simple. It takes a timestamp and displays a text string instead of the stamp that describes the difference between the actual time and the one in the timestamp.  We’ve all seen the messages, “about a minute ago.”  The cool thing about this plug-in is that it refreshes automatically. I mean, it isn’t new to transform timestamps in this way, but it is usually done just once. So, when you visit a website in the morning and leave the tab open until evening, it still says something like, “The page was opened about minute ago” ;). This can’t happen with McGeary’s plug-in.

While having a jQuery plug-in is nice for javascript developers, it’s not as nice if you’re a Java Developer. But, fortunately we can integrate jQuery painlessly into RAP. As a result I wrote a RWT/SWT widget that simply maps the functionality of the timeago plug-in. You can set a date from the server and read the displayed text from the client.

If you like this idea you can grab the sources at github. Of course this is just a demo. Let me know if you would like to work with me on an implementation for productive use. Have fun with timeago 😉

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