reinitialize DataTable with new columns

reinitialize DataTable with new columns

ludwigmludwigm Posts: 10Questions: 7Answers: 1

I like to create (if not exists) or update a DataTable. There are two cases with the update:

  • The columns remain the same and only the rows are to be updated
  • Columns and rows are to be updated (a different data basis) The distinction between creating and updating already works.
    So far I have this code:
if ($.fn.dataTable.isDataTable(table_id))  {
    let datatable = $(table_id).DataTable();
     
    // Get the column names of the existing DataTable
    let existingColumnNames = datatable.columns().header().toArray().map(header => $(header).text());
 
    // Check if the existing column names match the column names of the new data
    let columnNamesMatch = JSON.stringify(existingColumnNames) === JSON.stringify(columnNames);
 
    if (columnNamesMatch) {
        // Only rows need to be updated
        datatable.clear();
        datatable.rows.add(new_data);
        datatable.draw('full-hold'); // keep current page
    } else {
        // Both columns and rows need to be updated
        datatable.clear();
        datatable.destroy(); // Destroy the existing DataTable
        $(table_id).DataTable({ 
            data: new_data,                     
            columns: columns_array
        });
    }
} else {
    $(table_id).DataTable({ 
        data: new_data,                     
        columns: columns_array
    });
}

In most cases it works. However, if the number of columns in the existing table is greater than that of the new table, an error occurs: Uncaught TypeError: oCol is undefined In the header row, the new column names on the left and col_new - col_old number column names of the previous table are displayed. So the header does not seem to be completely removed by datatable.destroy()? The new_data is fetched by AJAX and returned as JSON.
Debugger code: oroqud
Database test case: db-fiddle

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  • colincolin Posts: 15,142Questions: 1Answers: 2,586

    The code isn't showing how the columns are added/removed from the HTML, before the DataTable is re-initialised.

    We're happy to take a look, but as per the forum rules, please link to a test case - a test case that replicates the issue will ensure you'll get a quick and accurate response. Information on how to create a test case (if you aren't able to link to the page you are working on) is available here.

    Colin

  • kthorngrenkthorngren Posts: 20,258Questions: 26Answers: 4,763
    Answer ✓

    You might need to use jQuery empty() as shown in the destroy() docs to remove the HTML table when changing the number of columns.

    Kevin

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