Remote Binding

This article shows how to bind Kendo UI TreeView for PHP to a JSON response. Remote binding means that the nodes, expanded by the user, will be sent to the client, loaded on demand.


The following demos are using the sample SQLite database shipped with the Telerik UI for PHP demos (/wrappers/php/sample.db).

Bind to PDO-Returned Arrays


Below are listed the steps for you to follow when configuring the Kendo UI AutoComplete for PHP for remote binding.

Step 1 Make sure you followed all the steps from the introductory article on Telerik UI for PHP—include the autoloader, JavaScript, and CSS files.

Step 2 Create a data source and configure it.

    $transport = new \Kendo\Data\DataSourceTransport();

    $read = new \Kendo\Data\DataSourceTransportRead();


              ->parameterMap('function(data) {
                  return kendo.stringify(data);

    $model = new \Kendo\Data\HierarchicalDataSourceSchemaModel();


    $schema = new \Kendo\Data\HierarchicalDataSourceSchema();

    $dataSource = new \Kendo\Data\HierarchicalDataSource();


Step 3 Create a TreeView, configure its columns and set its data source.

    $treeview = new \Kendo\UI\TreeView('treeview');


Step 4 Output the TreeView by echoing the result of the render method.

    echo $treeview->render();

JSON-Returning File Creation

Below are listed the steps for you to follow when creating a PHP file which returns JSON.

Step 1 Create a new PHP file called employees.php. This file will return data in JSON format. The data source is configured to request it via the url setting.

Step 2 Create a PDO connection.

    $db = new PDO('sqlite:../sample.db');

Step 3 Retrieve all records from the Employees table, children of the sent EmployeeID. If the parameter is not set, retrieve only the root nodes.

    $request = json_decode(file_get_contents('php://input'), true);

    if (isset($request['EmployeeID'])) {
        $employeeId = $request['EmployeeID'];
    } else {
        $employeeId = null;

    $sql = 'SELECT m.EmployeeID, m.FirstName, m.LastName, '
        . '(SELECT COUNT(*) FROM Employees x WHERE x.ReportsTo=m.EmployeeID) as HasEmployees '
        . 'FROM Employees m '
        . 'WHERE ReportsTo is ?';

    $statement = $db->prepare($sql);


    $data = $statement->fetchAll(PDO::FETCH_ASSOC);

Step 4 Post-process the data, if necessary. In this case, the HasEmployees field needs to be Boolean.

    $employees = array();

    foreach ($data as $employee) {
        $employee["HasEmployees"] = $employee["HasEmployees"] != 0;
        $employees[] = $employee;

Step 5 Return the records as JSON.

    // Set response content type
    header('Content-Type: application/json');

    // Return JSON
    echo json_encode($employees);

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