Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Dijit D3 Custom Dashboard Part 2

Adding Widgets

The technique for adding widget is straightforward enough. Simply add another div element with a drag and drop source as a widget gallery for adding widgets to your dashboard.

<div id="WidgetGallary">
    <div class="WidgetCaption">Widget Gallery</div>
    <div class="WidgetSource" data-dojo-type="dojo.dnd.Source" accept="Widget">
        <div id="Widget1" class="dojoDndItem Widget" dndtype="Widget">Widget 1</div>
        <div id="Widget2" class="dojoDndItem Widget" dndtype="Widget">Widget 2</div>
        <div id="Widget3" class="dojoDndItem Widget" dndtype="Widget">Widget 3</div>
        <div id="Widget4" class="dojoDndItem Widget" dndtype="Widget">Widget 4</div>

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 Adding Widgets (JS Fiddle)

The assumption is that the widgets will be added to the widget gallery using server side code. However, client side code and AJAX is also a possibility. You will need to keep track of what widgets are in the gallery and what widgets have been added to a region in the dashboard.
For each widget you want to store RegionName, WidgetName, and WidgetId. The RegionName would be Gallery if it has not been moved to a region yet.

Resizing Regions

Adding regions is even easier than adding a widget gallery. By adding the dojo property splitter=true as shown below you can allow regions to be re-sized with splitters.

 <div dojoType="dijit.layout.ContentPane" data-dojo-props="splitter:true" id="DashboardTop" region="top">
      <div class="WidgetSource" data-dojo-type="dojo.dnd.Source" accept="Widget">

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Resize Widgets (JS Fiddle)

Dashboard using dijit
Dashboard with Widget Gallery
The above screenshot shows the dashboard app with the widget gallery and splitters to re-size the regions. Next time I will show how to switch between dashboard layouts.

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