DataTables for jQuery

Screenshot of data tables website

At lunchtime today one of my colleagues at work showed me the DataTables jQuery plugin which really impressed me.

DataTables is a plugin for the jQuery JavaScript framework that adds interactive controls to any HTML table, e.g. sort columns, column filtering, pagination, Ajax loading of data, etc.

For its ‘basic’ functionality the code is simple:


A couple of hours later I was in a meeting with the University’s Moodle (VLE) and MMS team who were showing me some of their recent developments which included use of—you guessed it—the DataTables jQuery plugin.

One of the things, I have to say, that impresses me most about DataTables is how extensive and well written the documentation is.

Check out the DataTable examples page. Impressive stuff.