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datatables-query

0.2.0 • Public • Published

datatablesQuery

datatablesQuery is a module for making the integration between front-end tables using datatables and a REST API, node.js, express, MongoDB and Mongoose backed Servers, easier.

The main purpose is dealing with server side processing available in datatables, making it easy to integrate client and server.

Getting Started

Install the module.

npm install datatables-query

In your front-end, configure your DataTable to use serverSide processing and Ajax. The request type MUST be 'POST'.

// jQuery way
$('#example').DataTable( {
    serverSide: true,
    ajax: {
        url: '/path/to/api/endpoint',
        type: 'POST'
    }
} );
// Angular way - @see https://l-lin.github.io/angular-datatables/#/serverSideProcessing for full example
 
vm.dtOptions = DTOptionsBuilder.newOptions()
    .withOptions('serverSide', true)
    .withOptions('ajax', {
        url: '/path/to/api/endpoint',
        type: 'POST'
    })
    .// all other options
 

In your server, you MUST use body-parser with urlencoded extended

var app = express();
 
app.use(bodyParser.urlencoded({extended: true});

In the route handler, import the module and pass a reference to the mongoose model you wish to use as data source.

The DataTables params will get caught in the request body. It should be passed to the run method, which will return a promise.

 
app.post('/path/to/api/endpoint', function (req, res) {
    var Model = require('./path/to/model'),
        datatablesQuery = require('datatables-query'),
        params = req.body,
        query = datatablesQuery(Model);
 
    query.run(params).then(function (data) {
        res.json(data);
    }, function (err) {
        res.status(500).json(err);
    });
};

That's all folks. Your table should be working just fine.

Assumptions

As noted above, it is assumed that the server parses the request using extended urlencoded and that the data object is a Mongoose object.

Datatables with serverSide processing enabled makes POST requests with content-type application/x-www-form-urlencoded, and express' module body parser makes it easiear to work with this data, transforming it to JSON and parsing arrays and objects.

Using Without Datatables

One could use this module without datatables in the front-end making requests. For this to work, the POST body must be a configuration object equivalent to the one shown below:

// req.body should be equivalent to:
{
    "draw": "3",  // datatable stuff, but is mandatory nonetheless
    "start": "0",
    "length": "10",
    "search": {
        "value": ""
    },
    "columns": [
        {
            "data": "name", // field name in the MongoDB Schema
            "searchable": "true", // mandatory
            "orderable": "true" // mandatory
        },
        {
            // .. same structure as above for each field
        }
    ],
    "order": [
        {
            "column": "1", // index of the column used for sorting
            "dir": "asc" // direction of sorting ('asc' | 'desc')
        }
    ]
}

TODO

  • Add examples to this repo
  • Implement filter by column
  • Add tests to the 'run' method

Contributing

Feel free to fork and mess with this code. But, before opening PRs, be sure that you adhere to the Code Style and Conventions (run grunt lint) and add/correct as many tests as needed to ensure your code is working as expected.

License

The MIT License (MIT)

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Copyright (c) 2015 Vinicius Teixeira vinicius0026@gmail.com

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