Column control

This example demonstrates the ability of the datatable field type to have columns in the displayed DataTable controlled. Simply by passing the config.columns option to the field we have the full range of DataTables column options.

In this example we make use of the label and value properties used in the list of options for the field to display both values (this might be useful when the value has meaning to the end user - a project number or stock number for example).

First name Last name Phone # Location
First name Last name Phone # Location
  • Javascript
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Ajax
  • Server-side script
  • Comments

The Javascript shown below is used to initialise the table shown in this example:

var editor; // use a global for the submit and return data rendering in the examples $(document).ready(function() { editor = new $.fn.dataTable.Editor( { ajax: "../php/join.php", table: "#example", fields: [ { label: "First name:", name: "users.first_name" }, { label: "Last name:", name: "users.last_name" }, { label: "Phone #:", name: "" }, { label: "Site:", name: "", type: "datatable", config: { columns: [ { title: 'ID', data: 'value' }, { title: 'Value', data: 'label' } ] } } ] } ); $('#example').DataTable( { dom: "Bfrtip", ajax: { url: "../php/join.php", type: 'POST' }, columns: [ { data: "users.first_name" }, { data: "users.last_name" }, { data: "" }, { data: "" } ], select: true, buttons: [ { extend: "create", editor: editor }, { extend: "edit", editor: editor }, { extend: "remove", editor: editor } ] } ); } );

In addition to the above code, the following Javascript library files are loaded for use in this example:

The HTML shown below is the raw HTML table element, before it has been enhanced by DataTables:

This example uses a little bit of additional CSS beyond what is loaded from the library files (below), in order to correctly display the table. The additional CSS used is shown below:

The following CSS library files are loaded for use in this example to provide the styling of the table:

This table loads data by Ajax. The latest data that has been loaded is shown below. This data will update automatically as any additional data is loaded.

The script used to perform the server-side processing for this table is shown below. Please note that this is just an example script using PHP. Server-side processing scripts can be written in any language, using the protocol described in the DataTables documentation.

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