Javascript – Convert JSON array to an HTML table in jQuery

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Is there a really easy way I can take an array of JSON objects and turn it into an HTML table, excluding a few fields? Or am I going to have to do this manually?

Best Solution

Using jQuery will make this simpler.

The following code will take an array of arrays and store convert them into rows and cells.

$.getJSON(url , function(data) {
    var tbl_body = "";
    var odd_even = false;
    $.each(data, function() {
        var tbl_row = "";
        $.each(this, function(k , v) {
            tbl_row += "<td>"+v+"</td>";
        });
        tbl_body += "<tr class=\""+( odd_even ? "odd" : "even")+"\">"+tbl_row+"</tr>";
        odd_even = !odd_even;               
    });
    $("#target_table_id tbody").html(tbl_body);
});

You could add a check for the keys you want to exclude by adding something like

var expected_keys = { key_1 : true, key_2 : true, key_3 : false, key_4 : true };

at the start of the getJSON callback function and adding:

if ( ( k in expected_keys ) && expected_keys[k] ) {
...
}

around the tbl_row += line.

Edit: Was assigning a null variable previously

Edit: Version based on Timmmm's injection-free contribution.

$.getJSON(url , function(data) {
    var tbl_body = document.createElement("tbody");
    var odd_even = false;
    $.each(data, function() {
        var tbl_row = tbl_body.insertRow();
        tbl_row.className = odd_even ? "odd" : "even";
        $.each(this, function(k , v) {
            var cell = tbl_row.insertCell();
            cell.appendChild(document.createTextNode(v.toString()));
        });        
        odd_even = !odd_even;               
    });
    $("#target_table_id").append(tbl_body);   //DOM table doesn't have .appendChild
});