Saturday, December 11, 2010

Adding a Date Range Filter to a Master Table with the dataTables jQuery Plugin

This past week I was asked to build a simple suggestion box web app.  The people responsible for reviewing the suggestions wanted to be able to filter the suggestions by keyword and by date range.

Having used the dataTables jQuery plugin in previous projects, I knew that it could take care of the keyword filtering requirement, but I had never used it to filter out rows that didn't fall into a date range.

I did some research and found enough information to get it working, but since I didn't come across any single crystal-clear example or demo for it, I figured I'd throw one together to illustrate it.  You can check the source code to see what's going on under the hood. I also used the jQuery UI Datepicker plugin to make the date range boxes more user-friendly.  Here's the URL: