Example: I have a large amount of data, such as a library of blog posts, or a massive amount of contacts, I am thinking that a data table visually would be the best way to display all this data, it is familiar and also accessible.
However in terms or searching/filtering through all this data, I am thinking of having a "Find as you type" quick search input type text at the top of the table which as you type would filter the table below.
Another options is that each row of data is assigned (in my system) to a category, having at the top of the form a list of links of those categories with the number of results beside them such as:
Category (120) Category (34) Category (46)
When the user clicks on these links the table below is filtered.
Also each column heading will have a sort option.
What are you thoughts on this? And are there any other great ways to allow a user to traverse large amounts of data in a data table?