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0.0.9 • Public • Published

An advanced Vue.js Grid Component

This Vue grid is currently under active development. If you fancy contributing to this project then contact me on github or fork the project.


Have a look at the demo-page to check it out!

A quick look at the VGrid

The grid is written using Vue.js calling upon a number of supporting libraries such as Ramda, Lodash and jQuery. The only way to activate the grid is through code as shown in the examples below. There are simply too many options to use the grid in a 'Vue-like' component.

A simple grid can be created in code like this:

let settings = new VGridSettings();
// the actual DOM element the grid will be injected into (or a selector)
settings.el = ".test-grid-1";
// hand over a set of predefined columns
settings.columns = getColumns();
// Specifies the column that will be interpreted as the unique ID column. If none exists then leave this blank and a 'pkvalue' will be generated guaranteeing a unique reference for each row. 
settings.idColumn = "code";
// when the grid is fully constructed the given function is called back
settings.createdGridStructure = (grid) => {
    // the grid is ready so create some sample data 
    let tempData = createData(500);
    // and pass it to the grid
// create a new VGrid (based on the settings)
let vgrid = new VGrid(settings);
// get informed when the user selects a row (or rows)
vgrid.onChanged = (info) => {
    console.log(`selectedIDValue: ${info.selectedIDValue}`);

That's all.

A VGridSettings object has to be created and passed to the constructor of the VGrid when it is created.
This VGridSettings object contains all settings and any callbacks the Grid might need whilst it configures itself. The above grid settings object specifies the minimum that is required for the grid to function resulting in a grid like the below:


Defining the GridColumns

First off, we need to tell the grid what columns should be shown. This is done by defining a set of GridColumns that allow each column to set any properties such as alignment, formatting etc. If no columns are defined before data is passed to the grid it will create a 'best guess' columns for each field it encounters.

Note that when defining the columns we also provide an aggregate position ('average') for the 'age' column.

static getColumns(): GridColumn[] {
    // define some columns
    let cols: GridColumn[] = [];
    //cols.push(new GridColumn("pkvalue", 120));
    cols.push(new GridColumn("code", 70, "", "", "center"));
    cols.push(new GridColumn("firstname", 160));
    cols.push(new GridColumn("lastname", 160));
    cols.push(new GridColumn("county", 90, "", "", ""));
    let col = new GridColumn("age", 100, "", "number", "right", "#,##0");
    col.aggregate = "avg";
    cols.push(new GridColumn("created", 100, "", "date", "center", "DD MMM YYYY"));
    return cols;

Create some sample data

Creating some sample data (the example below requires 'moment' and 'ramda' to be installed) - feel free to use your own!

static createData(newRowCount: number = 500): any[] {
    let rows: any[] = [];
    // lookup arrays
    let firstNames = ["Marcel", "Deniz", "Sam", "Tom"];
    let lastNames = ["Heeremans", "de Wit", "van Dam", "Bakker", "van Oostenbroek", "de Boer"];
    let counties = ["Kent", "Surrey", "Devon", "Cornwall"];
    // helper functions
    let randomEntry = (arr: string[]): string => arr[Math.floor(Math.random() * arr.length)];
    let randomNumber = (n) => Math.floor((Math.random() * n));
    // helper function to create a single row
    let createRow = (i: number) => {
            var row: any = {};
            row.index = i;
            row.code = "Code" + i.toString();
            row.firstname = randomEntry(firstNames);
            row.lastname = randomEntry(lastNames);
            row.county = randomEntry(counties);
            row.age = randomNumber(100);
            row.created = moment().subtract(randomNumber(30), 'days')
            return row;
    // create a number of random rows
    R.times((i) => rows.push(createRow(i)), newRowCount);
    return rows;

Last Refresh indicator

The last updated date/time stamp is shown when the showLastRefreshTime property is set to true. By providing a refresh handler through the requestFreshData prop the user can click the 'last refresh' date/time for the data to be refreshed.

// shows the label indicating how long the data has been displayed for
settings.showLastRefreshTime = true;
// what to do when the user wishes to refresh by clicking the last refresh date indicator
settings.requestFreshData = () => {
    // wait for a little while then provide 1000 new rows
    setTimeout(() => setData(1000), 700);
    // if all went well return true else return false (this will update the date/time stamp)
    return true;

Now a 'last refresh' indicator is shown.


Styling Cells

The grid allows each cell to be individually styled by supplying a handler to the cellStyling property on the VGridSettings.

Note that each row is initially fully styled by the grid according to the column definitions and the underlying data and is ready to be shown. However, just before they are displayed each cell is allowed to be altered by the user through the given cellStyling callback.

An example of styling is show below:

// allow for some custom styling...
settings.cellStyling = (style: CellStyleInfo) => {
    let row: any = style.row;
    let col: GridColumn = style.col;
    // highlight people aged between 20 and 40
    if (col.dbName == "firstname" && row["age"] >= 20 && row["age"] <= 40) {
        style.backgroundColor = "rgb(97, 181, 61)";
        style.color = "white";
    // flag all person over the age of 70 
    if (col.dbName == "lastname" && row["age"] > 70 ) {
        style.faImage = "flag";
        if (row["age"] > 85)
            style.faImageColour = "red";
    // change the actual text (Tom -> Tomsa)
    if (col.dbName == "firstname" && style.textDisplay == "Tom") {
        style.textDisplay = "Tomsa";
    // return the adjusted cell-style
    return style;

Three things happen here.

  1. The firstname cell is coloured green with white text for anyone below the ages of 20 and 40.
  2. Anyone over the age of 70 has a flag assigned which gets coloured red when the age is over 85.
  3. Thirdly, the raw text of 'Tom' is displayed as 'Tomsa' without changing the underlying source.

This results in a grid that looks like this:


The CellStyleInfo exposes the following properties

Note that for each cell a callback is made

property purpose
row the data row of this cell
col the GridColumn of this cell
style the style that will be applied
state the Vuex Store this grid is based on
textRaw the raw (unformatted text)
isTotalRow are we painting the bottom 'totals' row
isGroupRow are we painting a (sub) totals grouping row
groupLevel the level (depth) of the nested grouping (0 is a normal row, 1 is the level above, 2 one above that, etc.)
groupCurrencyCode the curr code the grouping rows have in common if all the same, else 'mixed'
groupRowCount the number of rows in the sub group
rows all raw rows that would be shown

Below are the properties that can be overwritten and will adjust the final styling of the cell.

property purpose
backgroundColor the background colour of the cell
color the text colour of the cell
faImage the font-awesome image the cell needs to show - the image will be placed opposite from the text (i.e. if the text is left aligned, the image will be right-aligned)
faImageColour the colour of the above fa image
textDisplay the text that will be shown

More image styling

The following examples show the grid performing a few more features such as using an 'image' column that displays font-awesome codes and use these to show the actual iamge.

// allow for some custom styling...
settings.cellStyling = (style: CellStyleInfo) => {
    let row: any = style.row;
    let col: GridColumn = style.col;
    // when dealing with the 'updown' columns we use the fa-** raw data and supply that to the faImage property on the incoming style object.
    if (col.dbName == "updown")  style.faImage = row["updown"];
    if (col.dbName == "updown2")  style.faImage = row["updown2"];
    // return the adjusted cell-style
    return style;



The grid supports grouping through the UI but also programmatically.

The UI provides a standard 'drag/drop' to the grouping bar (made visible by using the cog icon):


Or we can group through code by simply calling setGroupColumns handing an array of columns to group on. This can be helpful by not allowing the user to alter the groups set through code.

// once the grid is created we can 'group' on any column
vgrid.setGroupColumns(['currency', 'county'])


Selecting rows

By settings allowRowMultiSelect property to true one can select a range of rows. Each time the selection changes the onChanged handler is called.


When a row is selected (or any activity has taken place to the grid) it will raise the onChanged event. This event provides a GridStateInfo object that informs the user a plethora of information about the grid. Not only will it tell which row was clicked but it provides a list of 'checked' items, 'selected' rows, the column the click to place in whether it was as a result of a double click and much more.

// get informed when the user selects a row (or rows)
vgrid.onChanged = (info: GridStateInfo) => {
    console.log(`selectedIDValue: ${info.selectedIDValue}`);

The GridStateInfo exposes the following

property purpose
selectedPKValue the selected pkValue
selectedIDValue the selected IDValue (based on the idColumn)
selectedRow the selected rowitem
selectedRowHasChanged has the rowItem changed from the last time we raised?
origin what/who caused this event being raised
dblClickedColumn row was double clicked
gridDisplayMode ** coming up **

Frozen Columns and multiple headers

By setting the frozenLeft or the frozenRight property on a GridColumn to true you can 'freeze' any column either on the left or right hand side. Column headers are now defined through an array of HeaderInfo objects. These allow the header text to be shown vertically or horizontally (default). When these are not supplied the main given header text is transformed into single HeaderInfo objects for each column.

In future versions any header with the same text as its adjacent cell will be merged.

// NOTE - here we already have a GridSettings object that contains our columns
// lets freeze the 'code' column to the left and the 'dob' to the right!
// (isSame is a String prototype extended property testing for case-insensitive equality )
settings.columns.find(c => c.dbName.isSame("code")).frozenLeft = true;
settings.columns.find(c => c.dbName.isSame("dob")).frozenRight = true;
// add some random secondary headers (keep the height to be 50 pixels of the second (now top) row)
let headerSamples = ["AAA", "BBB", "CCC", "DDD"];
settings.columns.forEach(c => c.headers.push(new HeaderInfo(getRandomArrayEntry(headerSamples), 50, "vert")));


VGridSettings - essential properties

property args/value (default) purpose
el DOM element Specifies the DOM element the grid will be injected into. This can be a real element or a class
columns array Accepts an array of pre-defined GridColumn objects
idColumn string Specifies the column that will be interpreted as the unique ID column. If none exists then leave this blank and a 'pkvalue' will be generated guaranteeing a unique reference for each row.
createdGridStructure Accepts a callback that is called once the grid is created and mounted into the DOM
more more.. more..

VGrid -

The table below describes all properties and events exposed by the DropDownControl.

Type Name args/value (default) Description
event onChanged (GridStateInfo) => void raised when row(s) are selected
method setData rows array the actual data for the grid to display
more more.. more.. much more..


Note this grid is actively worked on (hence a version number of 0.*.*)

version date notes
v 0.0.9 01 Mar 2019 style/settings enhancements
v 0.0.8 27 Feb 2018 getStyle & setStyle so 'snapshots' can be taken and reapplied of the state of the grid
v 0.0.7 22 Feb 2018 implemented getSettings and handing these with setData rather than in VGridSettings
v 0.0.6 21 Feb 2018 implemented 'allowRowMultiSelect' and collect selected rows (in GridStateInfo)
v 0.0.5 09 Feb 2018 Export the HeaderInfo...
v 0.0.4 08 Feb 2018 Frozen columns and multiple headers
v 0.0.3 23 Jan 2018 project structure changes - some api updates
v 0.0.2 20 Jan 2018 minor changes
v 0.0.1 20 Jan 2018 Initial release - many more features to follow shortly


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