Welcome to the multi-part video series that will teach you how to implement DataTables in your Claris FileMaker Pro solutions effectively. Whether you prefer reading, watching videos, or trying out demo files, we’ve got you covered. 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.
This post will examine DataTables’ Libraries and how they shape and enhance your reports. Libraries are essentially the power that drives DataTables; understanding this concept is essential as you continue to construct and enrich your reports over time.
In the DataTables Builder, a tab for Libraries is identified as part of the build process. In most situations, once a report is built, the library tab data does not change. For you to understand what libraries are required to run DataTables and how they affect your report, we are going back to the basics. You will see that the templates used in our first video series have been replaced. In this lesson, I will explain how to add libraries to your build and where to look for them.
DataTables Required Libraries
It is important to select the appropriate libraries based on your project’s needs and styling preferences. We cover the different options, including the use of Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), to obtain the necessary resources.
Applying Libraries in the Builder
After deciding on the libraries and extensions you need from the website, we need to update the DataTables Builder. We do this in the Libraries’ tab, which is then referenced in our final HTML. We also need to understand how the DataTables Builder uses a library template for creating reports. If we want to update the default Library template being utilized, I show you how and where to make this change in the Builder.
Impact on Report Appearance
The role of libraries shapes the appearance and behavior of reports. By adding or removing specific libraries or extensions, we can affect the report’s visual elements, add features, and customize behavior. It’s important to understand which libraries are required as we add more functionality to each DataTables report.
In the next post, we examine DOM elements. These are the settings that drive the searching, pagination, and other important customizations your users will utilize when interacting with the reports you build.
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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.