JQuery DataTables : Can I Bind to an Associative Object

Below is a standalone HTML page with two jQuery datatables. The first example works and binds the JavaScript object to the table. However, I have a dataset of unique values (like an associative array) and I want to bind this as shown in example 2. Does anybody have any ideas how I could achieve this?


<html>
    <head>
        <title>DataTables With Multi Dimensional Objects</title>
        <meta charset="UTF-8">
        <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
        <link href="//cdn.datatables.net/1.10.3/css/jquery.dataTables.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"/>

        <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript" src="//code.jquery.com/jquery-1.11.1.min.js"></script>
        <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript" src="//cdn.datatables.net/1.10.3/js/jquery.dataTables.min.js"></script>

        <script>

            $(document).ready(function () {

                var dataSet1 = [
                    {"name": "jim", "age": 3, "next": 4},
                    {"name": "bill", "age": 5, "next": 6}
                ];

                $('#example1').dataTable({
                    "data": dataSet1,
                    "columns": [
                        {"data": "name"},
                        {"data": "age"},
                        {"data": "next"}
                    ]
                });

                var dataSet2 = {
                    "jim": {"age": 3, "next": 4},
                    "bill": {"age": 5, "next": 6}
                };

                //This doesn't work. I can't think how to bind the dataset name to the columns

                $('#example2').dataTable({
                    "data": dataSet2,
                    "columns": [
                        {"data": "name"},
                        {"data": "age"},
                        {"data": "next"}
                    ]
                });
            });

        </script>

    </head>
    <body>

        <!-- EXAMPLE 1 -->
        <table id="example1" class="display" cellspacing="0" width="100%">
            <thead>
                <tr>
                    <th>Name</th>
                    <th>Age</th>
                    <th>Next</th>
                </tr>
            </thead>
        </table>

        <!-- EXAMPLE 2 -->
        <table id="example2" class="display" cellspacing="0" width="100%">
            <thead>
                <tr>
                    <th>Name</th>
                    <th>Age</th>
                    <th>Next</th>
                </tr>
            </thead>
        </table>

    </body>
</html>

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Robert SchuttSoftware EngineerCommented:
Well it seems to me that the possibilities described in the documentation about nested objects don't include your situation, your data is just too different.

How do you feel about using a little conversion function?
        <script>

            $(document).ready(function () {

                var dataSet1 = [
                    {"name": "jim", "age": 3, "next": 4},
                    {"name": "bill", "age": 5, "next": 6}
                ];

                $('#example1').dataTable({
                    "data": dataSet1,
                    "columns": [
                        {"data": "name"},
                        {"data": "age"},
                        {"data": "next"}
                    ]
                });

                var dataSet2 = {
                    "jim": {"age": 3, "next": 4},
                    "bill": {"age": 5, "next": 6}
                };

                $('#example2').dataTable({
                    "data": convertData(dataSet2),
                    "columns": [
                        {"data": "name"},
                        {"data": "age"},
                        {"data": "next"}
                    ]
                });
            });

            function convertData(d) {
                var o = [];
                $.each(d, function(idx, obj) {
                    o.push($.extend(obj, {name: idx}));
                });
                return o;
            }

        </script>

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AdrianSmithUKAuthor Commented:
Hi Robert

I think this is going to be the only solution.

I've opened a forum question:

http://datatables.net/forums/discussion/24244/how-to-bind-to-an-associative-object#latest

But if nobody comes up with anything better I'll select your solution and close the question.

Many Thanks,
Adrian
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AdrianSmithUKAuthor Commented:
Many thanks Robert. A very nice solution.

Kind Regards,
Adrian
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