Parsing JSON objects for HTML table

I am trying to display a "leaderboard" table based on JSON data.

I have read a lot about the JSON format and overcome some initial obstacles, but my Javascript knowledge is very limited and I need help!

Basically my JSON data comes through looking like this:

[{"User_Name":"John Doe","score":"10","team":"1"},{"User_Name":"Jane Smith","score":"15","team":"2"},{"User_Name":"Chuck Berry","score":"12","team":"2"}]

What I need is to be able to loop through this array, generating a table row or list item for each object. There will be an unknown amount of total objects in the array but each will have the same format- three values: Name, Score, Team.

So far I have used the following code, which confirms that I am successfully loading the objects in the console-

$.getJSON(url,
function(data){
  console.log(data);
});

but I am not sure how to iterate over them, parsing them into the HTML table.

The next step is sorting the entries by score in descending order...

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!

EDIT:

Updated code below, this works:

$.getJSON(url,
function (data) {
    var tr;
    for (var i = 0; i < data.length; i++) {
        tr = $('<tr/>');
        tr.append("<td>" + data[i].User_Name + "</td>");
        tr.append("<td>" + data[i].score + "</td>");
        tr.append("<td>" + data[i].team + "</td>");
        $('table').append(tr);
    }
});

(The $.parseJSON was not necessary, we can use 'data' as the JSON array is already parsed I believe)

Answers:

Answer

Loop over each object, appending a table row with the relevant data each iteration.

$(document).ready(function () {
    $.getJSON(url,
    function (json) {
        var tr;
        for (var i = 0; i < json.length; i++) {
            tr = $('<tr/>');
            tr.append("<td>" + json[i].User_Name + "</td>");
            tr.append("<td>" + json[i].score + "</td>");
            tr.append("<td>" + json[i].team + "</td>");
            $('table').append(tr);
        }
    });
});

JSFiddle

Answer

Loop over each object, push in string array and join them. Append in target table, it is better.

$(document).ready(function () {
$.getJSON(url,
function (json) {
    var tr=[];
    for (var i = 0; i < json.length; i++) {
        tr.push('<tr>');
        tr.push("<td>" + json[i].User_Name + "</td>");
        tr.push("<td>" + json[i].score + "</td>");
        tr.push("<td>" + json[i].team + "</td>");
        tr.push('</tr>');
    }
    $('table').append($(tr.join('')));
});
Answer

another nice recursive way to generate HTML from a nested JSON object (currently not supporting arrays):

// generate HTML code for an object
var make_table = function(json, css_class='tbl_calss', tabs=1){
    // helper to tabulate the HTML tags. will return '\t\t\t' for num_of_tabs=3
    var tab = function(num_of_tabs){
        var s = '';
        for (var i=0; i<num_of_tabs; i++){
            s += '\t';
        }
        //console.log('tabbing done. tabs=' + tabs)
        return s;
    }
    // recursive function that returns a fixed block of <td>......</td>.
    var generate_td = function(json){ 
        if (!(typeof(json) == 'object')){
            // for primitive data - direct wrap in <td>...</td>
            return tab(tabs) + '<td>'+json+'</td>\n';
        }else{
            // recursive call for objects to open a new sub-table inside the <td>...</td>
            // (object[key] may be also an object)
            var s = tab(++tabs)+'<td>\n';
            s +=        tab(++tabs)+'<table class="'+css_class+'">\n';
            for (var k in json){
                s +=        tab(++tabs)+'<tr>\n';
                s +=          tab(++tabs)+'<td>' + k + '</td>\n';
                s +=                      generate_td(json[k]);
                s +=        tab(--tabs)+'</tr>' + tab(--tabs) + '\n';


            }
            // close the <td>...</td> external block
            s +=        tab(tabs--)+'</table>\n';
            s +=    tab(tabs--)+'</td>\n';
            return s;
        }
    }
    // construct the complete HTML code
    var html_code = '' ;
    html_code += tab(++tabs)+'<table class="'+css_class+'">\n';
    html_code +=   tab(++tabs)+'<tr>\n';
    html_code +=     generate_td(json);
    html_code +=   tab(tabs--)+'</tr>\n';
    html_code += tab(tabs--)+'</table>\n';
    return html_code;
}
Answer

Here are two ways to do the same thing, with or without jQuery:

// jquery way
$(document).ready(function () {
    
  var json = [{"User_Name":"John Doe","score":"10","team":"1"},{"User_Name":"Jane Smith","score":"15","team":"2"},{"User_Name":"Chuck Berry","score":"12","team":"2"}];
        
  var tr;
  for (var i = 0; i < json.length; i++) {
    tr = $('<tr/>');
    tr.append("<td>" + json[i].User_Name + "</td>");
    tr.append("<td>" + json[i].score + "</td>");
    tr.append("<td>" + json[i].team + "</td>");
    $('table').first().append(tr);
  }  
});

// without jquery
function ready(){
 var json = [{"User_Name":"John Doe","score":"10","team":"1"},{"User_Name":"Jane Smith","score":"15","team":"2"},{"User_Name":"Chuck Berry","score":"12","team":"2"}];
  const table = document.getElementsByTagName('table')[1];
  json.forEach((obj) => {
      const row = table.insertRow(-1)
    row.innerHTML = `
      <td>${obj.User_Name}</td>
      <td>${obj.score}</td>
      <td>${obj.team}</td>
    `;
  });
};

if (document.attachEvent ? document.readyState === "complete" : document.readyState !== "loading"){
  ready();
} else {
  document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', ready);
}
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.1.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
<table>
    <tr>
        <th>User_Name</th>
        <th>score</th>
        <th>team</th>
    </tr>
</table>'
<table>
    <tr>
        <th>User_Name</th>
        <th>score</th>
        <th>team</th>
    </tr>
</table>

Answer

I spent a lot of time developing various reports. So, now I have an idea - create a web framework for building web reports. I have started here:

https://github.com/ColdSIce/ReportUI

Now it is an angular 4 module. You can pass your json data to TableLayoutComponent and get a HTML table as result. Table already has fixed header. Also you can fix some your columns by default or by click. More there, you can customize table properties like background-color, font-color, row-height etc.

If you are interested you can join me in this project and help.

Answer

Here is an another way to parse json object into Html table

//EXTRACT VALUE FOR HTML HEADER.
// ('Book ID', 'Book Name', 'Category' and 'Price')
var col = [];

for (var i = 0; i < d.length; i++) {
  for (var key in d[i]) {
if (col.indexOf(key) === -1) {
  col.push(key);
}
  }
}

// CREATE DYNAMIC TABLE.
var table = document.createElement("table");

// CREATE HTML TABLE HEADER ROW USING THE EXTRACTED HEADERS ABOVE.
var tr = table.insertRow(-1);    // TABLE ROW.               
                 
for (var i = 0; i < col.length; i++) {
  var th = document.createElement("th");// TABLE HEADER.
  th.innerHTML = col[i];
  tr.appendChild(th);
}

// ADD JSON DATA TO THE TABLE AS ROWS.
for (var i = 0; i < d.length; i++) {
  tr = table.insertRow(-1);

  for (var j = 0; j < col.length; j++) {
var tabCell = tr.insertCell(-1);
tabCell.innerHTML = d[i][col[j]];
  }
}

// FINALLY ADD THE NEWLY CREATED TABLE WITH JSON DATA TO A CONTAINER.
var divContainer = document.getElementById("showData");
divContainer.innerHTML = "";
divContainer.appendChild(table);
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.10.2/jquery.min.js"></script>

Answer

This one is ugly, but just want to throw there some other options to the mix. This one has no loops. I use it for debugging purposes

var myObject = {a:1,b:2,c:3,d:{a:1,b:2,c:3,e:{a:1}}}
var myStrObj = JSON.stringify(myObject)
var myHtmlTableObj = myStrObj.replace(/{/g,"<table><tr><td>").replace(/:/g,"</td><td>","g").replace(/,/g,"</td></tr><tr><td>","g").replace(/}/g,"</table>")

$('#myDiv').html(myHtmlTableObj)

Example:

    var myObject = {a:1,b:2,c:3,d:{a:1,b:2,c:3,e:{a:1}}}
    var myStrObj = JSON.stringify(myObject)
    var myHtmlTableObj = myStrObj.replace(/\"/g,"").replace(/{/g,"<table><tr><td>").replace(/:/g,"</td><td>","g").replace(/,/g,"</td></tr><tr><td>","g").replace(/}/g,"</table>")

    $('#myDiv').html(myHtmlTableObj)
#myDiv table td{background:whitesmoke;border:1px solid lightgray}
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.9.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
<div id='myDiv'>table goes here</div>

Answer

This code will help a lot

function isObject(data){
    var tb = document.createElement("table");

    if(data !=null) {
        var keyOfobj = Object.keys(data);
        var ValOfObj = Object.values(data);

        for (var i = 0; i < keyOfobj.length; i++) {
            var tr = document.createElement('tr');
            var td = document.createElement('td');
            var key = document.createTextNode(keyOfobj[i]);

            td.appendChild(key);
            tr.appendChild(td);
            tb.appendChild(tr);

            if(typeof(ValOfObj[i]) == "object") {

                if(ValOfObj[i] !=null) {
                    tr.setAttribute("style","font-weight: bold");   
                    isObject(ValOfObj[i]);
                } else {
                    var td = document.createElement('td');
                    var value = document.createTextNode(ValOfObj[i]);

                    td.appendChild(value);
                    tr.appendChild(td);
                    tb.appendChild(tr);
                }
            } else {
                var td = document.createElement('td');
                var value = document.createTextNode(ValOfObj[i]);

                td.appendChild(value);
                tr.appendChild(td);
                tb.appendChild(tr);
            }
        }
    }
}
Answer

This post is very much helpful to all of you

First Parse the json data by using jquery eval parser and then iterarate through jquery each function below is the code sniplet:

                var obj = eval("(" + data.d + ")");

                alert(obj);
                $.each(obj, function (index,Object) {

                    var Id = Object.Id;
                    var AptYear = Object.AptYear;
                    $("#ddlyear").append('<option value=' + Id + '>' + AptYear + '</option>').toString();
                });
Answer

You can use simple jQuery jPut plugin

http://plugins.jquery.com/jput/

<script>
$(document).ready(function(){

var json = [{"name": "name1","score":"30"},{"name": "name2","score":"50"}];
//while running this code the template will be appended in your div with json data
$("#tbody").jPut({
    jsonData:json,
    //ajax_url:"youfile.json",  if you want to call from a json file
    name:"tbody_template",
});

});
</script>   

<div jput="tbody_template">
 <tr>
  <td>{{name}}</td>
  <td>{{score}}</td>
 </tr>
</div>

<table>
 <tbody id="tbody">
 </tbody>
</table>
Answer

You can use KnockoutJS with jQuery. KnockoutJS have smart data-binding features. By using the foreach binding feature you can write your code like this example:

HTML:

<table>
    <thead>
        <tr>
            <th>User Name</th>
            <th>Score</th>
            <th>Team</th>
        </tr>
    </thead>
    <tbody data-bind="foreach: teams">
        <tr>
            <td data-bind="text: User_Name"></td>
            <td data-bind="text: score "></td>
            <td data-bind="text: team "></td>
        </tr>
    </tbody>
</table>

JavaScript:

$(document).ready(function () {
        $.getJSON(url,function (json) {
               ko.applyBindings({
                  teams: json
               });
          }
        });

    });

Fiddle Demo with your dummy data

Answer

Make a HTML Table from a JSON array of Objects by extending $ as shown below

$.makeTable = function (mydata) {
            var table = $('<table border=1>');
            var tblHeader = "<tr>";
            for (var k in mydata[0]) tblHeader += "<th>" + k + "</th>";
            tblHeader += "</tr>";
            $(tblHeader).appendTo(table);
            $.each(mydata, function (index, value) {
                var TableRow = "<tr>";
                $.each(value, function (key, val) {
                    TableRow += "<td>" + val + "</td>";
                });
                TableRow += "</tr>";
                $(table).append(TableRow);
            });
            return ($(table));
        };

and use as follows:

var mydata = eval(jdata);
var table = $.makeTable(mydata);
$(table).appendTo("#TableCont");

where TableCont is some div

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