A first look at SlickGrid with read, insert and update (in WebMatrix)

A few days ago I had a quick look at Flexigrid and I planned to continue with it to enable updates. However when I searched a bit further I got recommendations to use SlickGrid instead and so I did. As with my Flexigrid post this post is based on what I learned in a short time – if you are looking for a in depth / best practices sample you should indeed look at the library authors samples instead.

My first impression with SlickGrid is that it is a very good looking grid and it was easy to get a read and update solution up and running with very little code.

Another strength of SlickGrid is that it is possible to use a DataView model to handle the data. However that’s not something I have experimented with yet, and this sample is using a straight serverdata – grid path.

Edit (2011-12-12) to make it use the latest SlickGrid I updated my code pretty much + now also allows insert (so full CRUD, yay…)

Here’s how I did it:

The data comes from a simple Sql CE 4 db-table with the columns id (pk+identity), name (nvarchar 100), description (nvarchar 100) and somevalue (int). To create the SlickGrid I initialize it with a columns array, an options object, a data.cshtml that returns a Json object from a database read and takes post data for database insert or update.

Here’s how the html & javascript code looks like for my page (default.cshtml):

    Layout = "/_layout.cshtml";
        <script type="text/javascript">
    $(document).ready(function () {
        var grid;
        var columns = [
            { id: "name", name: "Name", field: "name", editor:TextCellEditor, resizable:false, width:100, rerenderOnResize:true},
            { id: "description", name: "Description", field: "description", editor:TextCellEditor, resizable:false, width:100, rerenderOnResize:true},
            { id: "somevalue", name: "Some value", field: "somevalue", editor:IntegerCellEditor, resizable:false, width:100, rerenderOnResize:true},
            { id:"id", name:"Delete", field:"id",
              formatter: function (r,c,id,def,datactx) {
                  return "<a href='#' onclick='removeClick(" + id + "," + r + ")'>x</a>";

        function removeClick(databaseId, gridRow) {

            var data = grid.getData(); 
            data.splice(gridRow, 1);


        var options = {
            editable: true,
			enableAddRow: true,
			enableCellNavigation: true,
			asyncEditorLoading: false,
            enableColumnReorder: false,                        
            autoHeight: true

        // Handle updates

        $.getJSON("/mygrid/data", success = function (data) {
            grid = new Slick.Grid("#myGrid", data, columns, options);            
            grid.onCellChange.subscribe(function (e, args) {
                if (typeof(args.item.id)=='undefined')
                    $.post("/mygrid/data/insert", args.item);
                    $.post("/mygrid/data/update", args.item);
            // Handle new row
            grid.onAddNewRow.subscribe(function(e, args) {
                var item = args.item;
                var column = args.column;

<div id="myGrid" style="width:400px;display:none;"></div>

The page is using jQuery and SlickGrid with editors plugin (included in the library samples). The css is both from jQuery UI and from SlickGrid.

Here are all the js- and css- files that’s included in the header section of the page (_layout.cshtml):

<!DOCTYPE html>

<html lang="en">
        <meta charset="utf-8" />
        <link rel="stylesheet" href="/js/slickgrid/slick.grid.css" type="text/css" media="screen" charset="utf-8" />
        <link rel="stylesheet" href="/css/smoothness/jquery-ui-1.8.16.custom.css" type="text/css" media="screen" charset="utf-8" />
        <link rel="stylesheet" href="/css/examples.css" type="text/css" media="screen" charset="utf-8" />
		<script src="/js/jquery-1.7.min.js"></script>
		<script src="/js/jquery.event.drag-2.0.min.js"></script>

        <script src="/js/slickgrid/slick.core.js"></script>
        <script src="/js/slickgrid/slick.editors.js"></script>
        <script src="/js/slickgrid/slick.grid.js"></script>


The data.cshtml:

    // Get Action from Url f ex /mygrid/data/insert /mygrid/data/update
    var action = UrlData[0];
    var db = Database.Open("data");
    if (IsPost)
        // Get Post data (convert null's to string or integer)
        var id = Request["id"];
        var name = Request["name"]??"";
        var description = Request["description"]??"";
        var somevalue = Request["somevalue"].AsInt();
        if (action=="insert")
            var sql = @"INSERT INTO item (name, description, somevalue) VALUES (@0,@1,@2)";
            var newId = db.GetLastInsertId();
        else if (action=="update")
            var sql = @"UPDATE item set name=@1, description=@2, somevalue=@3 WHERE id=@0";
            var data = db.Execute(sql,id,name,description,somevalue);
        else if (action=="delete")
            var sql = @"DELETE FROM item WHERE id=@0";
            var data = db.Execute(sql,id);
        var sql = "SELECT id, name, description, somevalue FROM item";
        var data = db.Query(sql).ToList();        


5 thoughts on “A first look at SlickGrid with read, insert and update (in WebMatrix)

  1. Hey Joe(I think this is ur first name,if not forgive me), Very Good article..liked it.
    I am going to use this SlickGrid, can you please guide me or Share the source ?

  2. Thank you!

    It took me three days (part-time) to finally get a working example going..in the end it was your example that got the out of band calls working for me.

    Regards from Southern California

  3. hi.
    i want to display data in slick grid.
    i can get the data from the webservice.
    i have written the following code for display the data into slickgrid but not working.

    grid = new Slick.Grid(“#mygrid”, data, columns, options);

    please help me.

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