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DataTables View
A modern Resource view for Tabular Data

Posted by: Joel Natividad
Category: Plans, Solutions

Note: this is a crosspost  of the July 2021 CKAN Monthly Live recap, originally published on the CKAN website.

This month’s CKAN Monthly Live highlighted Joel Natividad – CEO and Co-Founder at datHere speaking about DataTables View: a modern resource view for tabular data. CKAN’s default resource viewer for tabular data is Recline, which was developed in 2012. Currently, it is being upgraded to Portal.js, but is still WIP. In this talk, Joel Natividad reviewed the revamped DataTables view, which leverages the popular DataTables library and showed us a modern drop-in replacement for the Recline resource viewer with extended features beyond simple data exploration. DataTables View is more than just a Viewer, it’s more like a very simple ad-hoc Report Viewer – there are many useful things beyond just exploring and viewing data. Here is a taste of the features that were emphasized during the presentation:

  • Search highlighting
  • Copy to Clipboard
  • Filtered Download
  • Printing
  • Column Visibility Control
  • State Saving
  • Share Current View
  • Embedding
  • Multi-Column Sorting
  • Data Dictionary
  • Two View Modes (table/list)

Joel also shared some things he’s currently working on and some future plans he’s has on his mind. One thing he is currently working on is a new functionality on datastore_search – new “hybrid” search which should be doing compound search using the global search option and the column filters. Right now it is not actually doing compound search since only the column filters are being enforced and it kind of intersect with the result set. Joel shared also some things which are “pending” for the future:

You can see more details in the video recording.

Some other agenda items from our meetup:

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