Whole row - inline create

This example demonstrates how Editor can show the form input elements inline with a table, rather than in a modal, which can help create a more fluid interface - although it should be noted much less flexible since you are limited to only the columns shown in the table.

Here we use the createInline button, which in turn uses the inlineCreate() method to insert a blank row at the top of the table where the end user can enter information and submit to create a new row in the database.

You might also notice the use of the submitTrigger and submitHtml form-options. These are used when creating a new row and when editing to display a submit button in the row - in this case in the second last column (-2 index).

First name Last name Position Office Start date Salary
  • 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/staff.php", table: "#example", fields: [ { label: "First name:", name: "first_name" }, { label: "Last name:", name: "last_name" }, { label: "Position:", name: "position" }, { label: "Office:", name: "office" }, { label: "Extension:", name: "extn" }, { label: "Start date:", name: "start_date", type: "datetime" }, { label: "Salary:", name: "salary" } ] } ); // Activate an inline edit on click of a table cell $('#example').on( 'click', 'tbody td.row-edit', function (e) { editor.inline( table.cells(this.parentNode, '*').nodes(), { submitTrigger: -2, submitHtml: '<i class="fa fa-play"/>' } ); } ); // Delete row $('#example').on( 'click', 'tbody td.row-remove', function (e) { editor.remove( this.parentNode, { title: 'Delete record', message: 'Are you sure you wish to delete this record?', buttons: 'Delete' } ); } ); var table = $('#example').DataTable( { dom: "Bfrtip", ajax: "../php/staff.php", columns: [ { data: "first_name" }, { data: "last_name" }, { data: "position" }, { data: "office" }, { data: "start_date" }, { data: "salary", render: $.fn.dataTable.render.number( ',', '.', 0, '$' ) }, { data: null, defaultContent: '<i class="fa fa-pencil"/>', className: 'row-edit dt-center', orderable: false }, { data: null, defaultContent: '<i class="fa fa-trash"/>', className: 'row-remove dt-center', orderable: false }, ], select: { style: 'os', selector: 'td:first-child' }, buttons: [ { extend: "createInline", editor: editor, formOptions: { submitTrigger: -2, submitHtml: '<i class="fa fa-play"/>' } } ] } ); } );

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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