Interaction with rendering and arrays

This example demonstrates searching on arrays which are being rendered. When an array is in use a custom column type of array can be applied to SearchBuilder. This will provide the user with conditions that are designed to work specifically with arrays, as not all of the normal conditions will return the expected results.

Selecting Permissions > Equals > Desktop,Printers,Servers shows how SearchBuilder copes with the order of arrays. In short, the order does not matter, and SearchBuilder will order the values within each array alphabetically.

First name Last name Location Permissions
First name Last name Location Permissions
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The Javascript shown below is used to initialise the table shown in this example:

$(document).ready(function() { let dt = $('#example').DataTable( { ajax: '../resources/arrayData.json', dom: 'Qfrtip', columns: [ { data: "users.first_name" }, { data: "users.last_name" }, { data: "sites.name" }, { data: "permission", render: { _: '[, ].name', sb:'[].name' }, searchBuilder: { orthogonal:'sb' }, type: 'array' } ], }); });

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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