A data table is one of the core parts of any modern data-driven web application. This UI element, also known as a data grid, offers a way to clearly present big data in a series of rows and columns. Such tables are especially valuable if they allow end-users to interact with data and introduce editing changes on the fly.
How to implement such a useful thing in your project? The first option is to write your own code. By doing that, you build a unique grid that fully complies with your requirements without extra adjustments. But such an approach will most likely require much time and effort. Therefore, it can be more reasonable to purchase a ready-made grid component, enabling you to speed up the whole development process and add a lot of helpful features.
Without further ado, let us proceed with the review of these products and their key functionalities.
Presenting data in a tree-like structure is also available as an option. When talking about editing, you can configure in-cell or popup editors as well as a very useful undo/redo feature. This library relies on DOM virtualization to provide improved scrolling performance with large data sets. The overall look and feel of your grid is specified with customizable themes, while particular styling changes are implemented via CSS classes. There are two exporting options - Excel and CSV. If your app is targeted at users from different countries, the multi-language support (including languages with RTL text direction) will come in handy.
Evaluation version: Ag-Grid
Bryntum Grid is an independent JS grid component with a responsive design based on the ECMAScript 2020. Core features of this component such as sorting, inline editing, column resize, context menus work out of the box. If you want to offer users more useful functions like a tree view, searching, filtering, striped rows, summaries, you will have to enable them manually. The appearance of your grid is modified via five customizable themes and renderers.
The Bryntum development team paid special attention to the ability of the grid component to provide good performance with a large number of records. It was achieved thanks to the combination of various techniques: minimal DOM interactions, virtual rendering, and CSS optimizations. One more good thing about this component is that it supports custom data formats. The availability of several exporting options (PDF, PNG, Excel) can also be a great addition for end-users.
Evaluation version: Bryntum Grid
DevExtreme DataGrid is a client-side grid widget implemented as a jQuery component. It enables you to shape data in a tabular form and provides users with an array of possibilities to select, group, sort, filter, and edit it. Editing modes can include client-side validation, collaborative editing option, cascading lookups, etc. to make the work with the grid more transparent. It is possible to show expandable detail sections under data rows by configuring master-detail interfaces. The grid structure can also include a customizable toolbar for showing predefined and custom commands. Templates for rows, columns, and cells (including 3-rd party templates) will help you to display the necessary types of data the way you need.
The widget was designed with mobile support in mind, therefore it automatically adapts its layout to screens with different resolutions and allows navigating with touch gestures. Thanks to the built-in server-side support for the main operations on rows and columns, you can feel comfortable about using this widget with large datasets. Moreover, you can also improve scrolling performance in many ways: virtual scrolling (local, remote, horizontal), infinite scrolling, record paging. DevExtreme Grid comes with a set of predefined themes that can be altered with the ThemeBuilder tool.
Evaluation version: DevExtreme
DHTMLX Grid ensures great performance with large amounts of data thanks to lazy loading. It also provides a native user experience on any touchscreen device. The design of this component is based on Material style. If necessary, the appearance of any grid element can be easily adjusted to your needs by adding new CSS classes with the desired settings. Users can export the grid content to Excel or CSV with a single click. The possibility to utilize TypeScript definitions helps to increase the quality of your codebase. It is noteworthy that you can purchase this grid component separately or together with other UI widgets included in DHTMLX Suite.
Evaluation version: DHTMLX Grid
Written in TypeScript, this control allows you to benefit from the design-time error checking and IntelliSense code completion in Visual Studio during the development process. This control is also notable for its small footprint (less than 150KB) which helps to keep load time minimal. You can create custom content for FlexGrid cells declaratively by using cell templates for any JS framework. The FlexGrid content can be saved as a PDF or Excel file.
Evaluation version: Wijmo
Infragistics delivers a range of enterprise-grade UI components (Ignite UI library) for various web development needs, including data management. Ignite UI Data Grid is a jQuery-based responsive grid component intended for depicting and handling tabular data. Similar to other grid solutions, this component includes a pack of primary user interaction features such as filtering, sorting, grouping, paging, column resizing, summaries, and data editing. But various customization options allow you to expand these traditional capabilities. For example, you can apply templated columns for adding some custom stuff into your grid (buttons, custom data format, graph, etc.), show grouping summaries with custom aggregation functions, create any filtering interfaces with the Filter by Text feature, and more.
Ignite UI Data Grid comes with a couple of features that can have a positive impact on its performance: virtualization, remote paging, remote filtering. The grid supports exporting to Excel. You can utilize this grid component with popular open-source libraries including KnockoutJS, History.js, JsRender, and Bootstrap. If you want to test the capabilities of Ignite UI Data Grid in practice, Infragistics provides an online HTML5 Page Designer tool.
Evaluation version: Ignite UI
When working with big data, Ext JS Grid makes use of buffered rendering that allows users to seamlessly scroll through thousands of records. All theming issues for the grid component can be solved by using default themes or by creating your own theme with a special graphical tool named Sencha Themer. Sencha also offers to its customers a collection of other tools that facilitate the integration of Ext JS in your project. Exporting capabilities include Excel, XML, CSV, TSV, HTML formats.
Evaluation version: Ext JS
Evaluation version: Essential JS 2
Dynamic loading helps to display large chunks of data without performance limitations, while the paging feature allows you to break down data into several pages for the user’s convenience. If you place several grid tables on one page, you can exchange data between them using drag-and-drop or copy-paste actions. Users can export grid data to PDF or Excel for further processing. Any other Webix UI control can also be incorporated into your data table.
Evaluation version: Webix