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Dashboard Project


My next project is to create a dashboard application. This needs to be as flexible as possible, so that we can display graphs and Datatables from multiple sources.


I have made some good progress with the frontend, we really wanted resizable, drag and drop widgets (hate that word, but don’t know what else to use) . I have got this working, using Gridstack.js and Vue.js (also my first Vue project!).


Since I am now using Vue, I figured I should be using Axios, seems pretty simple so far:


                    .then(function (response) {
                    .catch(function (error) {


I have also started to use Laravel Elixir (which uses gulp) to build and version my assets! This is a great step forward and will now do it in all my projects.


I am using Vue compponents for each type of dashboard widget;

  Vue.component('gauge-widget', {
            props: ['widget'],
            '<div class="grid-stack-item":data-gs-x="widget.x" :data-gs-y="widget.y" :data-gs-width="widget.width" :data-gs-height="widget.height" :id-for-save="">'+
            '<div class="grid-stack-item-content"  :id="widget.contentId"></div>'+



I’m just refactoring the front end, the JS is all in the Blade template and I need to move it out now it is working.

I was watching some Laracon videos and saw in this Amanda Folson - Laracon Talk that she suggested using Fractal, so I m currently trying to get that working.


I have just refactored the front end and was really struggling with JS timings (what a surprise), my Datatable was not initialising because the table wasn’t rendered at this point.

I have just got round this by using the Vue updated event instead of mounted.

    updated: function () {

        var self = this;



This is working, just not sure this is the best place to put it.

All my Vue components are now Single File Components and Gulp Watch is running and working!

Vue.js and Datatables and TDD

Right, I have been watching Adam Wathan’s talk from Laracon on TDD and am going to try and implement this in this project.

I have been using Datatables in a few projects and I now want to try and use it inconjunction with Vue.js. This will mean rewriting the way I have previously been doing Datatables. This was written a year ago when I was new to Laravel, so I am going to see if I can improve it.

I found this Making VueJS and Datatables Play Nice from @WillVincent but I think I’m going to try and write mine from scratch. I want to use Datatables AJAX function to edit the data and hopefully it will improve my Vue.js skills.

I guess the first step is to create the component.