Configure MySQL, Eclipse and Tomcat for Use with jQWidgets

In this help topic you will learn how to create a sample MySQL database and configure the Eclipse IDE and the Apache Tomcat server before creating your first jQWidgets example in the Java environment.

1. Set Up a Database

For the purposes of this tutorial, we will be using the MySQL version of the Northwind database.

  1. Start the MySQL Command Line Client. Then create a new database by running the following line:
    CREATE DATABASE northwind;
  2. Select the database for use:
    USE northwind
  3. Finally, populate it from the file northwind.sql
    source C:/path/northwind.sql
    where C:/path is the path to the folder you extracted the file to.

You now have the northwind database ready for use and manipulation.

2. Create a New Project in Eclipse

In this tutorial, we will be using Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers, version Luna. You can get it from here: Run Eclipse and go to FileNewDynamic Web Project. In the window that appears, type the project's name (we will name it "jQWidgetsJSP") and click Finish.

3. Add Necessary Classes to the Java Build Path

Several Java class packages (.jar files) are necessary for the jQWidgets examples and have to be included in the Java build path. These are:

Here is how to add these to the Eclipse project:

  1. Right-click on the project and click Properties:
  2. Select Java Build Path on the left and then the Libraries tab:
  3. Click Add External JARs... and browse for the aforementioned files. Note: in this case, the Java Runtime Environment classes are already present in JRE System Library and we do not need to include them again.

The added JARs should appear in Java Resources\Libraries and be ready for use:

4. Add the Necessary jQWidgets Scripts and Stylesheets to the Project

Create two folders in the project folder WebContent - js and css. Include in them all (or only the necessary) jQWidgets files - the scripts (including jqxcore.js and the specific widget files) in js and the stylesheets (jqx.base.css and any themes and associated images) in css. Remember to include a version of jQuery in js, too.

5. Configure the Apache Tomcat Server

Apache Tomcat is an open source software implementation of the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages technologies. We will be using Tomcat 8.0 in this tutorial. If you do not already have Apache Tomcat on your system, download it from here: and install it. Then:

  1. In Eclipse, go to WindowPreferences. Choose ServerRuntime Environments on the left:
  2. Click Add. In the window that appears, choose Apache Tomcat v8.0 and check Create a new local server:
  3. Click Next, browse for the Tomcat installation directory, then click Finish and OK in the previous window:
  4. Right-click the project and choose Properties. In the Properties window, select Project Facets on the left and then the tab Runtimes on the right. Check Apache Tomcat v8.0. Finally, click Apply and OK.

6. Start the Server and Configure Its Classpath

  1. In the bottom panel of Eclipse, select the Servers tab.
  2. Right-click on Tomcat v8.0 Server at localhost and click Start:
  3. Go to RunRun Configurations...
  4. In the pop-up window, select Apache TomcatTomcat v8.0 Server at localhost on the left and then the Classpath tab. Add the external JARs mysql-connector-java-5.1.34-bin.jar and gson-2.3.1.jar:
  5. Apply the settings and click Close.

Your project is now set up and you can proceed with any of the following tutorials showcasing jQWidgets components loaded through JSP: