Generator

Editor's Generator provides a quick and easy method to construct everything you need to use Editor on your own site. Generator will construct a package customised for your exact needs that you can upload to your server and start using Editor almost immediately with a minimum of configuration (simply upload the files, install the generated SQL and add your SQL DB username and password credentials).

Note that Generator is not designed to present all of the options that are available in Editor - it is a quick start tool only. To get the most out of Editor working with the API and initialisation options is required!

Database information

Form / Table

Order Form label SQL column Field type Default Validation Extra options Include in Delete
Required Options Table Editor

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Once you have downloaded the generated package, you will need to fill in the database connection parameters in the php/lib/config.php file. For details on how to use Generator, please refer to the Generator manual page.

Help

The number of options available in Generator can seem daunting, but to get started, all you really need to do is fill in the text boxes! From there you can customise the generated Editor files by changing some of the options in the table. The definitions for the options in Editor are shown below.

See also the Generator manual page for information on using Generator and the created files.

Database information

The three fields in this section tells Generator about your server and database environment.

Name Description
Server backend and DB Select from this list what server-side scripting language and the database type that you would like to use. If your scripting language or database is not listed then you absolutely can still use Editor and the Generator, but you will need to create the server-side script. Please let me know what language and database you are using so it can be considered for a future release.
Table name The SQL table name so the scripts can query the table. Note that Generator does not currently support queries which require a JOIN. For occasions where you do need Editor to read from and update multiple tables (joins), you'll need to modify the created scripts, as described in the join documentation.
Primary key This is the name of the primary key column in your database table - a column which contains a unique value for each row. This provides Editor with the ability to be able to address each database row individually. The default is id but it can be modified to fit your existing schema if required.

Form / Table

The fields in the main Generator table, tells Generator about the data that you want to be shown in DataTables and Editor.

Name Description
Order The order that the fields will be shown both in the DataTable and the Editor form. Note that it is very easy to work with the code to have a different order for the DataTable and Editor if you so wish! Just edit the generated Javascript to show the fields in the order you want.
Form label The text that is presented both in the header of the DataTable for the column and the label for the Editor field input.
SQL column Name of the SQL column that will hold the data for this column - something similar to the label would be best!
Field type The Editor input type.
Default Default value for the field when the user adds a new row to the table.
Required Indicate if a value is required from the end user when adding or editing a row. Note that empty strings are rejected here!
Options Depending on the field type selected you can select from a list of validation options. Note that validation in Generator created Editor installs is done on the server-side, not the client-side.
Extra options Depending on the field type selected you might be asked to provide extra information - for example when choosing the Select field type you'll need to provide the options for the select list.
Table When checked the value will be shown in the DataTable.
Editor When checked the field will be shown in the Editor form.
Delete Remove the field definition from Generator.

Don't forget that Generator is just a quick start tool to get going with Editor. Complex forms and additional options can easily be set up and accessed through the API and initialisation options when you wish to customise Editor beyond options given in Generator!