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Data loading

There are several simple ways of loading data into dhtmlxSidebar:

  • on initialization of Sidebar
  • after initialization of Sidebar

First, you need to prepare a data set that will be loaded into Sidebar.

Preparing data set

dhtmlxSidebar expects loaded data in the JSON format. Here is an example of an appropriate data set:

const data = [
{
"id": "dashboard",
"value": "Dashboard",
"icon": "mdi mdi-view-dashboard"
},
{
"id": "statistics",
"value": "Statistics",
"icon": "mdi mdi-chart-line"
},
{
"id": "reports",
"value": "Reports",
"icon": "mdi mdi-file-chart"
}
];

A data set consists of objects with configurations of sidebar controls. Templates for Sidebar controls in JSON format are given below.

Loading data on initialization

You can load a predefined data set into Sidebar on the initialization stage. Use the data configuration property, as in:

const sidebar = new dhx.Sidebar("sidebar_container",{
css: "dhx_widget--border_right",
data: data
});

Related sample: Sidebar. Initialization with config.data

Loading data after initialization

There are two ways to load data into Sidebar after its initialization:

Loading from a local source

You can load data to a sidebar from an array with the parse() method of TreeCollection. Pass a predefined data set as a parameter of this method:

sidebar.data.parse(data);

Related sample: Sidebar. Initialization with data.parse()

Loading from an external file

The load method loads the sidebar data from an external JSON file. All the data are loaded at once. The parameter of the method is the path to the JSON file.

sidebar.data.load("[path to this file]/file.json");

Related sample: Sidebar. Initialization with data.load()

The component will make an AJAX call and expect the remote URL to provide valid JSON data.

Data loading is asynchronous, so you need to wrap any after-loading code into a promise:

sidebar.data.load("/some/data").then(function(){
// some logic here
});

Saving and restoring state

To save the current state of a sidebar, use the serialize() method of Tree Collection. It converts the data of a sidebar into an array of JSON objects. Each JSON object contains the configuration of a separate Sidebar control.

var state = sidebar1.data.serialize();

Then you can parse the data stored in the saved state array to a different sidebar. For example:

// creating a new sidebar
var sidebar2 = new dhx.Sidebar(document.body);
// parsing the state of sidebar1 into sidebar2
sidebar2.data.parse(state);

JSON format templates

This section will give you the idea of JSON format templates for separate Sidebar controls.

Common template

// common
[
{id: "item_a", type: "menuItem", ...},
{id: "item_b", type: "input", ...},
{id: "item_c", type: "title", ...}
]

Custom HTML template

// custom HTML button
{
id: "custom_html",
type: "customHTML",
html:"<div style='height:30px; border: 2px solid'>My HTML button</div>"
}
note

Take a look at the full list of properties of the customHTML object in the related article.

// menuItem
{
type:"menuItem",
value:"Some",
icon:"dxi dxi-menu-right"
}
note

Take a look at the full list of properties of the menuItem object in the related article.

// navItem
{
type: "navItem",
value: "Some",
icon: "dxi-check",
count: 10
}
note

You can find the full list of properties of the navItem object in the related article.

Separator template

// separator
{
id: "sepId",
type: "separator"
}
note

You can check the full list of properties of the separator object in the related article.

Spacer template

// spacer
{
id: "spacerId",
type: "spacer"
}
note

You can find the full list of properties of the spacer object in the related article.

Title template

// title
{
id: "collection",
type: "title",
value: "Music",
tooltip: "Current collection"
}
note

Take a look at the full list of properties of the title object in the related article.