Grid Data Binding to Node.js and MySQL

Grid Data Bind to Node.js and MySQL

In this tutorial we will show how we can bind the Data Grid component to data fetched from a Node.js server connected to a MySQL database. The server endpoint will be hosted using a web server comprised of Node.js running Express.js, that connects to a single MySQL datasource.

Database Setup

First, we will show how to set up our database.

Before you start you need to download and install the MySQL Database.
After that create a database called products and run the following SQL script to create products table and populate it with data:

    DROP TABLE IF EXISTS `products`;

    CREATE TABLE `products` (
      `first_name` varchar(20) DEFAULT NULL,
      `last_name` varchar(20) DEFAULT NULL,  
      `product` varchar(20) DEFAULT NULL,
      `available` BOOLEAN,
      `quantity` int(11) DEFAULT NULL,
      `unit_price` float(11) DEFAULT NULL

    LOCK TABLES `products` WRITE;

    INSERT INTO `products` VALUES ('Petra', 'Burke', 'Cappuccino', true, 2, 5.00),('Lars', 'Fuller', 'Cappuccino', true, 3, 5.00),('Nancy', 'Burke', 'Black Tea', true, 9, 2.25),
    ('Beate', 'Nagase', 'Cappuccino', true, 7, 5.00),('Beate', 'Burke', 'Espresso Truffle', false, 10, 1.75),('Nancy', 'Saavedra', 'Espresso Truffle', false, 2, 1.75),
    ('Regina', 'Fuller', 'Espresso con Panna', true, 5, 3.25),('Yoshi', 'Bjorn', 'Espresso Truffle', false, 5, 1.75),('Petra', 'Winkler', 'Caffe Espresso', true, 3, 3.00),
    ('Martin', 'Murphy', 'Green Tea', false, 2, 1.5);



Node.js Server

We will be using express and body-parser for setting our /products server endpoint. The index.js file of our Node.js application will look like this:

      const express = require('express');
      const DataService = require('./data-service');
      const bodyParser = require('body-parser');

      const app = express()

      app.use(bodyParser.urlencoded({extended: false}));

      app.get('/products', (req, res) => {
        DataService.getData(req.body, (results) => {
          res.json({ rows: results });

      app.all('*', (req, res) => {
          res.send('404 - Not Found!')

      const port = 3000;

      app.listen(port, () => { console.log(`Server listening to port: ${port}`) });

Requests to the database are handled by the DataService object that we import from data-service.js file.
The getData method uses a connection that is created for sending queries to the MySQL database usibg the mysql npm package.

The data-service.js file looks like this:

      const mysql = require('mysql');

      var connection = mysql.createConnection({
        host     : 'localhost',
        user     : 'root',
        password : 'mysqlpass',
        database : 'products'


      const DataService = {
          getData(request, resultCallback) {        
              connection.query('SELECT * FROM products.products;', function (error, results, fields) {
                  if (error) throw error;
                  console.log('results: ', results);

      module.exports = DataService;

Client Side

Finally, we need to configure our Smart Grid component so that it loads the data from our server using the virtualDataSource option.
The grid configuration will look like this:

      Smart('#grid', class {
        get properties() {
            return {
                editing: {
                    enabled: true,
                    action: 'none',
                    mode: 'row'
                selection: {
                    enabled: true,
                    mode: 'extended',
                    allowCellSelection: true
                appearance: {
                    alternationStart: 0,
                    alternationCount: 2
                dataSource: new Smart.DataAdapter({
                    virtualDataSource: function (resultCallbackFunction, details) {
                        fetch('http://localhost:3000/products').then(response => response.json())
                      .then(data => {
                            dataSource: data.rows,
                            virtualDataSourceLength: data.rows.length
                    dataFields: [
                        'first_name: string',
                        'last_name: string',
                        'product: string',
                        'available: number',
                        'quantity: number',
                        'unit_price: number'
                columns: [
                    { label: 'First Name', dataField: 'first_name' },
                    { label: 'Last Name', dataField: 'last_name' },
                    { label: 'Product', dataField: 'product' },
                    { label: 'Available', dataField: 'available' },
                    { label: 'Quantity', dataField: 'quantity' },
                    { label: 'Unit Price', dataField: 'unit_price' }


When you run the server and open the grid's page you should get the following result: