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12th Feb 2015

Editor 1.4 / DataTables 1.10.5

I'm delighted to use my first blog post of 2015 to announce the releases of Editor 1.4 and DataTables 1.10.5. 2015 is going to be an exciting year for the DataTables project with a lot of useful additions to the project planned, and these two new releases set the tone nicely.

In this post I will give a run down of some of the major new features in each release - in future posts will explore some of these features in more detail.

Both Editor 1.4 and DataTables 1.10.5 are available immediately:

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18th Dec 2014

Ultimate date / time sorting plug-in

Date and time can be represented in almost limitless ways with different formats used to show a data point to end users. A long format such as "Thursday, 18th December 2014" might be used in cases where space is not constrained, but a more concise format might be "18/12/2014" or "12/18/2014" depending upon your location! Ambiguities such as this can lead to significant problems when attempting to order temporal data.

Questions about how to order temporal data correctly are a common feature in the forums, and in this post I'm going to introduce a new plug-in for DataTables that makes it possible to correctly order almost any date / time format using the excellent Moment.js library.

This new plug-in makes use of the formatting options of Moment.js and complex formats can be created using a new $.fn.dataTable.moment() method - for example:

$(document).ready(function() {
    $.fn.dataTable.moment( 'HH:mm MMM D, YY' );
    $.fn.dataTable.moment( 'dddd, MMMM Do, YYYY' );

    $('#example').DataTable();
} );

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4th Dec 2014

Editor 1.4 beta - .NET

When Editor was originally developed, it was clear that a suite of libraries should be available for the server-side that compliment the client-side Javascript library and make installation of the software as simple as possible. At the time it was decided that PHP libraries would be the initial focus (after all, PHP does enjoy a majority market-share). However, the intention has always been to develop libraries for other server-side environments.

I'm delighted to announce today the realisation of that dream with the release of Editor 1.4 beta which adds .NET libraries to the Editor suite of tools. There are also a number of changes in the PHP libraries to increase flexibility and in the Javascript component as detailed below, but the primary focus for this release is the new .NET libraries.

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