My Existing XPageIn my existing XPage, I use the Extension Library REST service control to return data based on what the current user has rights to see. The REST service use a formula for "keys" which filters the data based on the first column. The REST service outputs JSON which is read by the Dojo Data Grid.
Grid using AngularSince I duplicating what I did with Dojo, I used an Angular plug-in called ng-grid. I used the very same JSON data to display the grid inside a <div>.
|Grid using Angular|
The Angular Grid not only looks good, but the column sorting works as well. This grid is naturally responsive and solves my two big gripes with the Dojo grid.
|Look, I'm responsive|
The 'How To' SectionBefore I go through my steps, let me say that this is not a beginners guide to Angular, to really understand it.
There is a lot of information out on the web on Angular. I highly recommend Mark Roden's latest series on Angular which takes a methodical approach that is easy to follow.
1) First you have to load the library on your page. After downloading Angular from Google, I copied the library in a folder I created under the "Web Content" subdirectory.
2) I then referenced the library using a <script> tag in only the page where I used Angular. Use Firebug to check that you loaded everything correctly.
4) Normally for a page using Angular, you will add an attribute to the <html> tag of "ng-app" telling Angular that you are using it on the whole page. In my case, I added the "ng-app" attribute to a <div> on my page. I actually used a <xp:panel>, and set the tagName to render as a <div>. I did it this way because I wanted to show how you would use an XPage control where you also decide whether to render the grid based on certain conditions. The easiest route though, is to pass HTML through like in the second example below.
|This is all the code needed on the custom control. Note: Once div is nested in the other.|
|This is how it would look if you pass the HTML straight through|
5) Angular also needs you to specify the name of the Controller to use for a specific element. A normal Angular application might use several controllers throughout the page to connect the data to the display. You tell Angular which one for a specific section by using the ng-controller attribute. In my case, I am only using a single controller that I set in the same <div>. Besides setting the style, that is all I have on the custom control.
6) In my controller, I need to tell where to get the model (data) to send to the view (XPage). As I stated above, I am using the same JSON data as the Dojo Grid. To access the JSON, I use $http.get() method to read the URL of my REST Service. Remember, you can the pathInfo attribute in your REST service, which allows you to see the JSON in a URL. I set my pathInfo to "restData". The result is set to a variable called $scope, which acts as your return value of the controller.
|The Controller which in Angular connects the data and the display|