Experimental DataGrid for Nette Framework

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6.0.7 2015-11-17 00:20 UTC


... is an experimental DataGrid for Nette Framework.

Demo: http://twigrid.1991.cz

Demo sources: https://github.com/uestla/twigrid-demo

It's based on another (and great) datagrid written by @hrach - https://github.com/nextras/datagrid. My datagrid is hugely inspired by this component and its programming ideas and therefore I would like to give this man a maximum credit and respect :-)


Let's see how many steps do we have to make to create our first datagrid.

  1. We'll start by creating an empty Nette Framework project:

    composer create-project nette/sandbox twigrid-quickstart

  2. Now we'll install TwiGrid into our project:

    composer require uestla/twigrid:*

    We need client-side javascripts and stylesheets, so we'll copy these files:

    - vendor/uestla/twigrid/client-side/twigrid.datagrid.js
    - vendor/uestla/twigrid/client-side/twigrid.datagrid.css

    And paste them in

    - www/js/twigrid.datagrid.js
    - www/css/twigrid.datagrid.css

    To load them, we'll update app/templates/@layout.latte

    stylesheets belong to the <head> section:

    <link rel="stylesheet" href="//maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.2.0/css/bootstrap.min.css">
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="{$basePath}/css/twigrid.datagrid.css">

    and javascripts to the bottom of the page:

    <script src="{$basePath}/js/jquery.js"></script>
    <script src="//maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.2.0/js/bootstrap.min.js"></script>
    <script src="//cdn.rawgit.com/nette/forms/master/src/assets/netteForms.js"></script>
    <script src="//cdn.rawgit.com/vojtech-dobes/nette.ajax.js/master/nette.ajax.js"></script>
    <script src="{$basePath}/js/twigrid.datagrid.js"></script>

    Please note that we're loading Twitter Bootstrap client scripts as well.

  3. Instead of manually creating database, we'll download the SQLite3 file from the demo application and place it in app/model/users.s3db.

  4. To tell Nette Framework that we want to use this database, we'll update app/config/config.local.neon file:

            dsn: 'sqlite:%appDir%/model/users.s3db'
  5. Now it's finally time to create our first datagrid - let's create an app/grids/UsersGrid.php file. We'll need database connection for data loading, so we inject it properly through constructor.

    // app/grids/UsersGrid.php
    use Nette\Http\Session;
    use Nette\Database\Context;
    class UsersGrid extends TwiGrid\DataGrid
        private $database;
        function __construct(Session $session, Context $database)
            $this->database = $database;
        protected function build()
            // TODO

    We'll define the datagrid body inside custom build() method. Although the table user has many columns, we'll have just some of them in our grid just to make it easy.

    $this->addColumn('firstname', 'Firstname');
    $this->addColumn('surname', 'Surname');
    $this->addColumn('streetaddress', 'Street address');
    $this->addColumn('city', 'City');
    $this->addColumn('country_code', 'Country');

    TwiGrid also needs to know what column(s) it should consider as a primary key:


    And finally we'll tell TwiGrid how to load our users:

    $this->setDataLoader(function () {
        return $this->database->table('user');
  6. To properly inject our grid into presenters, we'll need to create a factory interface:

    // app/grids/IUsersGridFactory.php
    interface IUsersGridFactory
        /** @return UsersGrid */
        function create();

    This interface will now be used for automatic factory generation, which is handy - we simply add this definition to app/config/config.neon:

        - { implement: IUsersGridFactory }
  7. Having all of this done, we can now simply inject our grid factory into HomepagePresenter.

    // app/presenters/HomepagePresenter.php
    class HomepagePresenter extends BasePresenter
        /** @var \IUsersGridFactory @inject */
        public $usersGridFactory;

    Now we'll add the control factory itself:

    // app/presenters/HomepagePresenter.php
    protected function createComponentUsersGrid()
        return $this->usersGridFactory->create();
  8. We're nearly done! Just open app/templates/Homepage/default.latte, delete the whole content and replace it with

    {block content}
        {control usersGrid}

    That's all, folks!

    Now when you'll open the page, you might see something like this:

    Result screenshot

  9. Final improvement

    Maybe showing the country code isn't that sexy - we'd like to have the whole country name in "Country" column. To achieve that, we'll create custom grid template:

    {* app/grids/UsersGrid.latte *}
    {extends $defaultTemplate}
    {define body-cell-country_code}

    And tell TwiGrid to use this template:

    // app/grids/UsersGrid.php:build()
    $this->setTemplateFile(__DIR__ . '/UsersGrid.latte');

    Simple as that!


To see more examples, please visit the demo page. Enjoy!