In table form controls

A lot of the Editor examples use Buttons to provide buttons and row selection interaction options. While it is sometimes convenient to use Buttons in this manner, it might not always be the interface method that you wish to present to your end users. Editor does not require Buttons in order to function, as shown in this example where edit and delete links are shown in the table and the 'new' option is a link at the top of the table.

This example shows the use of the create(), edit() and remove() API methods, which are activated when required by standard jQuery events. With this API Editor is very powerful as it can be accessed and controlled in any way you wish.

Two other points worth noting about the example is the use of columns.defaultContent for the admin column (in combination with a null value for columns.data) to display the edit and delete links.

Name Position Office Extn. Start date Salary Edit / Delete
Name Position Office Extn. Start date Salary Edit / Delete
  • 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" } ] } ); // New record $('a.editor_create').on('click', function (e) { e.preventDefault(); editor.create( { title: 'Create new record', buttons: 'Add' } ); } ); // Edit record $('#example').on('click', 'a.editor_edit', function (e) { e.preventDefault(); editor.edit( $(this).closest('tr'), { title: 'Edit record', buttons: 'Update' } ); } ); // Delete a record $('#example').on('click', 'a.editor_remove', function (e) { e.preventDefault(); editor.remove( $(this).closest('tr'), { title: 'Delete record', message: 'Are you sure you wish to remove this record?', buttons: 'Delete' } ); } ); $('#example').DataTable( { ajax: "../php/staff.php", columns: [ { data: null, render: function ( data, type, row ) { // Combine the first and last names into a single table field return data.first_name+' '+data.last_name; } }, { data: "position" }, { data: "office" }, { data: "extn" }, { data: "start_date" }, { data: "salary", render: $.fn.dataTable.render.number( ',', '.', 0, '$' ) }, { data: null, className: "center", defaultContent: '<a href="" class="editor_edit">Edit</a> / <a href="" class="editor_remove">Delete</a>' } ] } ); } );

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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