Master DataTables Series: 3.0 Modifying Columns

by Jody Barney - Application Developer

Welcome to the multi-part video series that will teach you how to implement DataTables in your Claris FileMaker Pro solutions effectively. If you’re new to this series, we recommend starting from the introduction to maximize your learning experience. You can access the complete series here: Master DataTables with Claris FileMaker Pro.

In the previous video series, we learned about JS Functions and Libraries, the power behind DataTables. We acquired skills to allow us to control the behavior and appearance of our DataTables reports by understanding DOM Elements and modifying specific settings.

In this series, we continue our path of learning how to alter the appearance of our DataTables reports by modifying columns.

Introducing the Columns Builder

The Columns Builder is a key feature within the DataTables Builder application. Prior to this series, the default columns that were generated from the data were accepted as is. The goal of this series is to explore the Columns Builder, a user interface (UI) tool that allows for the modification of report appearance without manually editing code.

The visual utility is intended to streamline report modification and accelerate the report-building process. The tool can be accessed via the Column tab after the default columns have been generated. A preview of the Columns Builder’s appearance is shown but it will be explored in-depth in upcoming episodes.

Streamline Report Customization

Beyond the overview of the Columns Builder, we will gain practical usage of the tool. From changing titles, reordering columns, and enhancing search capabilities, we will streamline report modification and accelerate the report-building process. The goal is to equip you with the skills to modify reports that you can confidently deliver to your stakeholders.

What’s new?

Update to Report Names

Each build has been renamed to match its respective video series ( 1.3 or 2.4 ) and concept ( Adding your Data, Pagination )

Locked Reports

Existing builds have been locked to prevent accidental modifications to historical content

Search Feature

A search utility has been added above existing builds to assist with locating reports

What’s next?

In the next post, we will get a chance to play in the newest demo file and begin our overview of the Columns Builder. Get ready to unlock the potential of this time-saving tool.

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Jody Barney

Application Developer

Jody has been working with Claris FileMaker for over 19 years in various industries. She has a Masters in Business Administration and has worked in several “Analyst” roles over the years, always leveraging the power of Claris FileMaker along the way. She lives in central Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 lakes, with her husband, three teenagers, and a sweet English Cocker Spaniel. When not at work, you can either find Jody at her kid’s sporting events, coaching her daughter’s basketball team, or appreciating the outdoors. 

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