One of the best ways of learning how to do anything new (including software APIs!) is to get your hands dirty as quickly as possible. These examples will show you how to perform tasks ranging from something as simple as applying DataTables to an HTML table, right the way through to doing server-side processing with pipelining and custom plug-in functions.
There are a number of extras for DataTables which provide extra features and enhanced interaction options. These extras are included in the DataTables downloads package or can be downloaded individually. Below are the examples which are available with each extra.