The full source code along with all dependencies for the tutorial can be found at this GitHub repository. Do not try to assemble a working example from the code snippets in this page! See it in action via GitHub Pages. The code is almost identical to that used for the site demo, with the advantage of the code being separated out of the main recline website. You can also see Multiview in action in many CKAN-based data catalogs (resource views) and in the OKFN Labs DataDeck


Multiview, as its name suggests, combines multiple Recline views into one visualization. The different views are synced to one dataset. The technical documentation for Multiview details the nuts and bolts.

When building a Multiview from scratch, it is advised to start by getting each individual view to work satisfactorily before combining into a Multiview, to aid debugging.

Preparing your page

Before writing any code with Recline, you need to do the following preparation steps on your page:

<!-- you do not have to use bootstrap but we use it by default -->
<link rel="stylesheet" href="vendor/bootstrap/3.2.0/css/bootstrap.css">
<!-- vendor css -->
<link href="vendor/leaflet/0.7.3/leaflet.css" rel="stylesheet">
<link href="vendor/leaflet.markercluster/MarkerCluster.css" rel="stylesheet">
<link href="vendor/leaflet.markercluster/MarkerCluster.Default.css" rel=
<link rel="stylesheet" href="vendor/slickgrid/2.2/slick.grid.css">

<!-- recline css -->
<link href="css/map.css" rel="stylesheet">

<link href="css/multiview.css" rel="stylesheet">
<link href="css/slickgrid.css"rel="stylesheet">
<link href="css/flot.css" rel="stylesheet">
<!-- Vendor JS - general dependencies -->
<script src="vendor/jquery/1.7.1/jquery.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="vendor/underscore/1.4.4/underscore.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="vendor/backbone/1.0.0/backbone.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="vendor/mustache/0.5.0-dev/mustache.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="vendor/bootstrap/3.2.0/js/bootstrap.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

<!-- Vendor JS - view dependencies -->
<script src="vendor/leaflet/0.4.4/leaflet.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="vendor/leaflet.markercluster/leaflet.markercluster.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="vendor/flot/jquery.flot.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="vendor/flot/jquery.flot.time.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="vendor/moment/2.0.0/moment.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="vendor/slickgrid/2.2/jquery-ui-1.8.16.custom.min.js"></script>
<script src="vendor/slickgrid/2.2/jquery.event.drag-2.2.js"></script>
<script src="vendor/slickgrid/2.2/jquery.event.drop-2.2.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="vendor/slickgrid/2.2/slick.core.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="vendor/slickgrid/2.2/slick.formatters.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="vendor/slickgrid/2.2/slick.editors.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="vendor/slickgrid/2.2/slick.grid.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="vendor/slickgrid/2.2/plugins/slick.rowselectionmodel.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="vendor/slickgrid/2.2/plugins/slick.rowmovemanager.js"></script>

<!-- Recline JS (combined distribution, all views) -->
<script src="dist/recline.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

Creating a Dataset

Here’s the function to create an example dataset we are going to work with:

function createDemoDataset() {
  var dataset = new recline.Model.Dataset({
    records: [
      {id: 0, date: '2011-01-01', x: 1, y: 2, z: 3, country: 'DE', sometext: 'first', lat:52.56, lon:13.40},
      {id: 1, date: '2011-02-02', x: 2, y: 4, z: 24, country: 'UK', sometext: 'second', lat:54.97, lon:-1.60},
      {id: 2, date: '2011-03-03', x: 3, y: 6, z: 9, country: 'US', sometext: 'third', lat:40.00, lon:-75.5},
      {id: 3, date: '2011-04-04', x: 4, y: 8, z: 6, country: 'UK', sometext: 'fourth', lat:57.27, lon:-6.20},
      {id: 4, date: '2011-05-04', x: 5, y: 10, z: 15, country: 'UK', sometext: 'fifth', lat:51.58, lon:0},
      {id: 5, date: '2011-06-02', x: 6, y: 12, z: 18, country: 'DE', sometext: 'sixth', lat:51.04, lon:7.9}
    // let's be really explicit about fields
    // Plus take opportunity to set date to be a date field and set some labels
    fields: [
      {id: 'id'},
      {id: 'date', type: 'date'},
      {id: 'x', type: 'number'},
      {id: 'y', type: 'number'},
      {id: 'z', type: 'number'},
      {id: 'country', 'label': 'Country'},
      {id: 'sometext', 'label': 'Some text'},
      {id: 'lat'},
      {id: 'lon'}
  return dataset;

In this data we have 6 documents / rows. Each document is a javascript object containing keys and values (note that all values here are ‘simple’ but there is no reason you cannot have objects as values allowing you to nest data.

Setting up the Multiview

To create a Multiview, we first create each view that we want to include, and include these in an array. A function to do everything for SlickGrid, Graph and Map views is shown below:

var createMultiView = function(dataset, state) {
  // remove existing multiview if present
  var reload = false;
  if (window.multiView) {
    window.multiView = null;
    reload = true;

  var $el = $('<div />');

  // customize the subviews for the MultiView
  var views = [
      id: 'grid',
      label: 'Grid',
      view: new recline.View.SlickGrid({
        model: dataset,
        state: {
          gridOptions: {
            editable: true,
            // Enable support for row add
            enabledAddRow: true,
            // Enable support for row delete
            enabledDelRow: true,
            // Enable support for row ReOrder 
            autoEdit: false,
            enableCellNavigation: true
          columnsEditor: [
            { column: 'date', editor: Slick.Editors.Date },
            { column: 'sometext', editor: Slick.Editors.Text }
      id: 'graph',
      label: 'Graph',
      view: new recline.View.Graph({
        model: dataset

      id: 'map',
      label: 'Map',
      view: new recline.View.Map({
        model: dataset

  var multiView = new recline.View.MultiView({
    model: dataset,
    el: $el,
    state: state,
    views: views
  return multiView;

To tie it all together:

jQuery(function($) {
  window.multiView = null;
  window.explorerDiv = $('.data-explorer-here');

  // create the demo dataset
  var dataset = createDemoDataset();
  // now create the multiview
  // this is rather more elaborate than the minimum as we configure the
  // MultiView in various ways (see function below)
  window.multiview = createMultiView(dataset);

  // last, we'll demonstrate binding to changes in the dataset
  // this will print out a summary of each change onto the page in the
  // changelog section
  dataset.records.bind('all', function(name, obj) {
    var $info = $('<div />');
    $info.html(name + ': ' + JSON.stringify(obj.toJSON()));

The HTML is very simple:

<div class="container">
  <style type="text/css">
    .recline-slickgrid {
      height: 300px;

    .changelog {
      display: none;
      border-bottom: 1px solid #ccc;
      margin-bottom: 10px;

  <div class="changelog">

  <div class="data-explorer-here"></div>
  <div style="clear: both;"></div>