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How to init the appoint data in ReactJS jqxwidget scheduler

Getting Started with ReactJS and jQWidgets Scheduler

ReactJS is a popular JavaScript library for building interactive user interfaces, and jQWidgets is a comprehensive and innovative widget library built on top of jQuery. One of the many widgets available in this library is the Scheduler widget, which is a timeline with different views and preloaded templates.

In this blog post, we will focus on how to initialize appointment data in a ReactJS application using the jQWidgets Scheduler widget.

Before we get started, let's clarify some terms we'll be using throughout this post:

Widget: In the context of web development, a widget is a small, standalone application that can be embedded in a web page.

Scheduler: A scheduler is a type of widget that allows users to set up, maintain, and view a calendar of events, similar to a planner or calendar app on your phone.

Step 1: Setting Up Your ReactJS Project

First, we need to create a new ReactJS project. We will use Create React App, a tool that sets up a new ReactJS project with a modern build setup with no configuration.

In your terminal, run the following command:

npx create-react-app scheduler-app

This command will set up a new ReactJS project in a directory called scheduler-app.

Step 2: Installing jQWidgets

Next, we need to install the jQWidgets package. You can do this by navigating to your project directory and running the following command:

npm install jqwidgets-scripts

jQWidgets also requires jQuery and jQuery UI, so let's install them:

npm install jquery
npm install jquery-ui-dist

Step 3: Creating the Scheduler Component

Now that we have our project set up and all necessary packages installed, we can start creating our Scheduler component.

Our component will receive an array of appointment data as a prop and display these appointments in the Scheduler widget.

Here's what the barebones of our Scheduler component might look like:

import React from 'react';
import $ from 'jquery';
import jqxScheduler from 'jqwidgets-scripts/jqwidgets-react-tsx/jqxscheduler';

class Scheduler extends React.Component {
    render() {
        return (
            <jqxScheduler />

export default Scheduler;

Step 4: Initializing Appointment Data

To initialize appointment data in the Scheduler widget, we need to create a data source containing our appointment data and pass this data source to the source prop of the jqxScheduler component.

First, let's create a data source. Imagine our appointment data as a list of objects, where each object represents an appointment. Each appointment object should have properties such as id, description, location, subject, calendar, start, and end.

Here's an example of what our appointment data might look like:

const appointmentData = [
        id: "id1",
        description: "Meeting with team.",
        location: "Office",
        subject: "Team Meeting",
        calendar: "Work",
        start: new Date(2022, 1, 1, 9, 0, 0),
        end: new Date(2022, 1, 1, 10, 0, 0)
    // More appointments...

Next, we need to transform this data into a format that the Scheduler widget can understand. jQWidgets provides a utility function called jqx.dataAdapter for this purpose. Here's how you can use it:

import { dataAdapter } from 'jqwidgets-scripts/jqwidgets-react-tsx/jqxdataadapter';

const source = {
    dataType: "array",
    dataFields: [
        { name: 'id', type: 'string' },
        { name: 'description', type: 'string' },
        { name: 'location', type: 'string' },
        { name: 'subject', type: 'string' },
        { name: 'calendar', type: 'string' },
        { name: 'start', type: 'date' },
        { name: 'end', type: 'date' }
    id: 'id',
    localData: appointmentData

const dataAdapter = new $.jqx.dataAdapter(source);

Finally, we can pass this data adapter to the source prop of the jqxScheduler component:

<jqxScheduler source={dataAdapter} />

And that's it! You've successfully initialized appointment data in the jQWidgets Scheduler widget in a ReactJS application.

Wrapping Up

In this blog post, we walked through initializing appointment data in the jQWidgets Scheduler widget in a ReactJS application. We started with setting up a new ReactJS project, installing the jQWidgets package, creating a Scheduler component, and finally initializing the appointment data.

Remember, just like a calendar helps you organize and visualize your day-to-day tasks and appointments, the Scheduler widget serves the same purpose in your web application. It's like having a virtual personal assistant who keeps an eye on your daily schedule and helps you manage it efficiently.

Just like every new recipe you try may not end up perfect in the first go, it's okay if you don't get everything right on your first try. The beauty of programming lies in the process of learning, experimenting, failing, and learning again. So keep exploring, keep coding, and most importantly, enjoy the journey!