Saved Search (SmartClient)


This example demonstrates how to serialize and use criteria filters for a ListGrid.

You must perform the following steps:

  • Create a DataSource for storing the saved search data. Also, create another item DataSources (supplyItem DataSource).
  • Add all DataSources to the application.
  • Create a schema and import data for the created DataSources.
  • Create the  main UI with ListGrid (supplyItem DataSource) and with a saved search filter.
  • Create the saved search UI.

A working example is available in the attachment.

Create a Saved Search DataSource

Create data source
<DataSource ID="savedSearch" serverType="sql" tableName="savedSearch" titleField="name">
        <field name="id" type="sequence" hidden="true" primaryKey="true" />
        <field name="type" type="text" length="255" hidden="true" required="true" />
        <field name="name" type="text" title="Name" length="255" required="true" />
        <field name="criteria" type="text" hidden="true" length="4000" required="true" />

You need to add the DataSource to the application, and create a schema in the database (you can  use the "Smart GWT Admin Console" to do this). Please refer to the "Smart GWT Quick Start Guide" ("Data Binding" chapter under the "DataSources" section).

Create the main UI

The ListGrid can use any DataSource.We will use the "supplyItem" DataSource.

Create ListGrid
    dataSource: supplyItem,
    autoDraw: false,
    height: 450,

The saved search filter uses the "savedSearch" DataSource filtering data by type. It uses the "supplyItem" DataSource ID as the type value (ComboBoxItem form field).

Create filter
    width: 200,
    autoDraw: false,
    fields: [
            name: "name",
            editorType: "ComboBoxItem",
            displayField: "name",
            valueField: "id",
            title: "Filter",
            emptyDisplayValue: "All Records",
            optionDataSource: savedSearch,
            fetchMissingValues: false,
            cachePickListResults: false,
            // filter data by item datasource
            optionCriteria: {
                value: supplyItem.ID
            changed: function (form, item, value) {
                var record = item.getSelectedRecord();
                if (record != null) {
                    var newCriteria = isc.JSON.decode(record.criteria);
                } else {

Create the saved search UI

To create/update the saved search a modal window is used. It contains a form (DynamicForm) for editing data ("savedSearch" DataSource). To dynamically create filtering rules use a FilterBuilder with the "supplyItem" DataSource.

Create form
this._form = isc.DynamicForm.create({
	width: 700,
	margin: 5,
	useAllDataSourceFields: true,
	dataSource: this.dataSource,
	fields: [
			editorType: "HeaderItem",
			defaultValue: "New search"
			editorType: "TextItem",
			name: "name"
			editorType: "CanvasItem",
			name: "criteriaFilter",
			title: "Criteria",
			createCanvas : function () {
				return _this._filter = isc.FilterBuilder.create({
					dataSource: _this.itemDataSource
			editorType: "ButtonItem",
			name: "submit",
			title: "Search",
			click: function () {
		    	var encoder = isc.JSONEncoder.create({
		    		dateFormat: "dateConstructor"

		    	var criteriaValue = isc.JSON.encode(this._filter.getCriteria(), encoder);
		    	this._form.setValue("criteria", criteriaValue);

		    	this._form.setValue("type", this.itemDataSource.ID);

		    	var _this = this;
		    	this._form.submit(function (dsResponse, data, dsRequest) {
		    		var record =[0];
Sample updateSavedSearchCallback on main UI
function (record) {
    var criteria = isc.JSON.decode(record.criteria);


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Mar 07, 2012 by Sergey Kiselev