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Sat, 4th Jun 2011

DataTables 1.8

It gives me great pleasure to announce the release of DataTables 1.8.0. This update provides a significant update to the capabilities of DataTables, with emphasis on making it much easier and more complete for you as the developers using DataTables to work with. There are no new features specifically targeted at the end user, this is all about the developers!

The major new features of this 1.8 release are:

A good deal of work has been put in to ensuring that this update of DataTables is as backwards compatible as possible with 1.7.x, so the upgrade process should be as simple as dropping in the new Javascript source file. There have been a few internal changes which might be of interest if you are a plug-in developer; documented here along with a full list of the new initialisation options for DataTables.

In numbers

Work started on the 1.8.x DataTables feature set on 6th March and cumulates in this 1.8.0 release on 4th June - almost 3 months of development. There have been:

The first version of DataTables was written in March 2008 and was launched with v1.4 a year later. Since that time the use of the site has grown smoothly over time:

Site usage currently gets around 6'000 visits per day (on week days) and we are closing in on 1 million page views per month. DataTables has enjoyed a very organic growth and I wish to offer huge thanks to the whole community for your support of DataTables!

Future work

This 1.8 release builds on all of the releases that have gone before it, with excellent feedback in the forum on how it can be improved. The feature set that DataTables and its plug-ins now offer provide a very capable and extensible development environment for working with tables in a web-browser and we have a fantastic and helpful community in the forum and on the wider web.

Looking beyond 1.8, like all software developers I'm never quite happy (!), and there are a number of areas where I realise DataTables can be improved. I made a number of decisions way back in 2008 about the architecture of DataTables which I now think are somewhat limiting, but changing them will require a significant change to the API. As such what I plan to do is start development of DataTables 2.0 in the near future. This will basically be a rewrite of the core software, providing the same feature set as DataTables 1.8, while at the same time 1.8 will branched and supported with bug fix releases of the 1.8 series made available as and when needed.

The main goals of 2.0 will be:

As much as I wish it could, obviously this can't happen overnight since it will take a fair amount of effort, and the amount of time I can spend on the project is limited, but I'm really looking forward to building on 1.8 and moving forward with 2.0.


I hope you all enjoy using DataTables 1.8 and find the new features offered in this update useful! Please remember that it does take a lot of time and effort to develop and support DataTables, so if you like using DataTables and find it useful, consider making a donation to help with the future development of the software.

There is a discussion thread in the forum for DataTables 1.8. Please feel free to leave some feedback on the release (if you wish to report a bug, please post it in a new thread).