Parent child editing

This example is effectively the same as the parent / child example which shows both the parent and child DataTables on the page. The difference with this example is that we use the datatable to display the list of connected values.

This is a small change in thinking from how the datatable field type is normally used, where is is a list of options that you select from. Here, all of the options shown belong to the parent row. The link is actually submitted as part of the child table. As such we don't want to submit the datatable information, which is done using the field.submit option, as you'll see in the code below.

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  • Ajax
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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 () { // Nested editor var usersEditor = new $.fn.dataTable.Editor({ ajax: { url: '../php/users.php', data: function (d) { var selected = siteTable.row({ selected: true }); if (selected.any()) { d.site = selected.data().id; } }, }, table: '#users', fields: [ { label: 'First name:', name: 'users.first_name', }, { label: 'Last name:', name: 'users.last_name', }, { label: 'Phone #:', name: 'users.phone', }, { label: 'Site:', name: 'users.site', type: 'select', placeholder: 'Select a location', }, ], }); // Main / parent / top level Editor var siteEditor = new $.fn.dataTable.Editor({ ajax: '../php/sites.php', table: '#sites', fields: [ { label: 'Site name:', name: 'name', }, { label: 'Site:', name: 'users.site', type: 'datatable', editor: usersEditor, submit: false, optionsPair: { value: 'users.id', }, config: { ajax: { url: '../php/users.php', type: 'post', data: function (d) { if (siteTable) { var selected = siteTable.row({ selected: true }); if (selected.any()) { d.site = selected.data().id; } } }, }, buttons: [ { extend: 'create', editor: usersEditor }, { extend: 'edit', editor: usersEditor }, { extend: 'remove', editor: usersEditor }, ], columns: [ { data: 'users.first_name', title: 'First name', }, { data: 'users.last_name', title: 'Last name', }, { data: 'users.phone', title: 'Phone', }, ], }, }, ], }); window.editor = siteEditor; // for demo only! // Sites DataTable shown in the page var siteTable = $('#sites').DataTable({ dom: 'Bfrtip', ajax: '../php/sites.php', columns: [ { data: 'name' }, { data: 'users', render: function (data) { return data.length; }, }, ], select: { style: 'single', }, buttons: [ { extend: 'create', editor: siteEditor }, { extend: 'editSingle', editor: siteEditor }, { extend: 'remove', editor: siteEditor }, ], }); siteEditor.on('initEdit', function () { // Get users for the selected site siteEditor .field('users.site') .dt() .ajax.reload(function (json) { // Update the options for the sub-editor. This will be automatic // in future versions of Editor usersEditor.field('users.site').update(json.options['users.site']); }); // Set the default for the "new" user site field usersEditor .field('users.site') .def(siteTable.row({ selected: true }).data().id); }); });

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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