Was finding using jQGrid was becoming way more complicated than it should be. Moved to data tables, which also runs on jQuery. For me, what was nice was that someone did a tutorial on how to integrate it with Twitter Bootstrap (which I was already using) to make it look good as well. If you don’t use Twitter Bootstrap, you can also use the jQuery UI roller to make a style and color scheme to make the table look nice.
resources for using jqgrid with Rails
formatters available for jqgrid (use to format the data showing in jqgrid)