Using Jerry

Some differences and add-ons

In Java we do not have the document context as in browsers, so we need to create one first. To do that, simply pass HTML content to Jerry static factory method. That will create a root Jerry set, containing a Document root node of the parsed DOM tree.

What happens in the background is that LagartoDOM builds a DOM tree and wraps it in the Jerry/jQuery API.

Using CSS selectors

You can use most of the standard CSS selectors and also most of the jQuery CSS selectors extensions. CSS selectors are supported by the CSSelly.


As Jerry speaks Java, there are some differences in API made to make Jerry API more Java friendly. For example, css() method accepts an array of property/values, and not a single string:

.css("background-color", "yellow", "fontWeight", "bolder");

Similarly, each() method receives a lambda:

.s("select option:selected")
.each(($this, index) -> {
return true;

Unsupported stuff

As Jerry is all about 'static' manipulation of HTML content, all jQuery methods and selectors that are related to any dynamic activity are not supported. This includes animations, Ajax calls, selectors that depend on CSS definitions...


Jerry provides some add-ons that do not exist in jQuery.

First, there are few methods that return Node of parsed DOM tree (similar to JavaScript).

Then there are some new methods that are more meaningful in Java world. One of them is the form() method. It collects all parameters from a given form, allowing easy form handling. Here is an example:

.form("#myform", (form, parameters) -> {
// process form and parameters

Convenient, right!?