Leading industry players AG Grid and TanStack Table, the two main datagrid and table providers, have united as open-source partners to unify their ecosystems and educate users about how and when to choose between their different approaches.
The open-source partnership also improves the quality of both libraries through shared experience, knowledge and even code when appropriate.
In terms of some of their differences, TanStack Table is a Headless UI library for building powerful tables & datagrids for TS/JS, React, Vue, Solid – it is optimal for people wanting to implement their own Graphical User Interface (GUI) to it. AG Grid, on the other hand, is a ‘batteries included’ data grid, meaning it can be used out of the box and gradually customised or configured to meet business need.
“For us, this partnership is very complimentary as both AG Grid and Tanstack Table solve the Data Grid problem in different ways and are both industry leading in their respective ways. Looking at the wider industry, it is likely there will be more collaborations between other brands in the future, especially when customer problems can be solved through combined expertise.
“In our case, our goal is to educate users in the ways of AG Grid and the ways of Tanstack Table so they can choose which mechanism is best for them. Other solutions are either direct competitors of ours (trying to solve in one of these two methods) or are simply wannabe clones AG Grid or Tanstack Table. You can think of this as an Electric Car maker and a Petrol Car maker. We help people decide if they should go Electric or Petrol, and advise one of our companies accordingly. Having multiple Electric or Petrol car makers in the mix doesn’t fit the model.”
“Both companies have extensive experience providing support and training for customers, and the founders of each firm are heavily involved in social media discussions, presentations and speaking at major conferences,” added Crosby.
Tanner Linsley, Creator of TanStack Table, added: “We are excited about the future of datagrids and tables and we at TanStack are honoured that AG Grid is invested in the success of it’s open source ecosystem! This open-source partnership will ensure that it’s easier than ever for our community to understand and objectively decide which data grid or table solution works best for them.”
To learn about the differences and trade-offs between the two libraries, start by reading the introduction to TanStack Table and the introduction to AG Grid.