Ext JS 4: Ext.ux.RowExpander Tweaks

I recently looked into a few issues we were experiencing with the Ext.ux.RowExpander plugin, which resulted in a few small tweaks to the plugin.

The setup: Grid with checkbox selection model using Ext.ux.RowExpander plugin.  An expanded row is a nested grid.  This was implemented following a pattern that can be found around the web about nesting grids in the expanded rowbody (http://stackoverflow.com/questions/8254113/nested-grid-with-extjs-4).

Issue 1: When the row expands to show the nested grid, the expanded row takes the full width of the grid, instead of aligning to the right of the checkbox column and the expand/collapse column.  This is actually logged as a bug, with pictures at http://www.sencha.com/forum/showthread.php?263231-Content-inside-RowExpander-doesn-t-take-all-width-of-a-row-if-grid-has-CheckboxModel.

The problem is that within the RowExpander plugin, the logic deciding the colspan of the expanded row body does not take into account any other grid features that might impact the columns.  I updated the plugin code to look at the parent grid selection model before determining how wide the colspan should be.

Issue 2: In my UI there is a search panel and then the grid with the search results.  The user can go through and expand various rows, but if the user runs a search again I want the search results to return and the grid refreshed with the results and all the rows collapsed.  What was happening was the grid was refreshed, all rows collapsed, but the expand/collapse icon was in the expanded state.

To fix this I added a method, clearExpanded to the RowExpander plugin.  It’s very straightforward and just clears out the rowsExpanded property the plugin maintains to track which rows are expanded.  Then, I listen for the refresh event on the parent grid’s view, and at that point, call clearExpanded on the plugin.  The refresh event handler on the grid view looks like this:

onMyGridRefresh: function() {
    var rowExpander = this.getSearchGrid().getPlugin('rowexpanderplugin');
    if (rowExpander) {

Remember, if you are creating nested grids in the manner described above, you need to destroy those grids manually!  Hence, the destroyNestedGrids() method in the code above.  It does a component query on the nested grid xtype and calls destroy on the returned components.

Solution: That’s great, where’s the code?

The updated plugin is at Gist https://gist.github.com/aghuddleston/25b19dfe10f7eb40e54c.   It’s a little long to directly include here.

Version Info: Ext JS 4.1.1


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