This BlackBerry 10 Cordova Plugin flashes the RGB LED on a Blackberry phone. It can flash it using startLed for any integer number of times >= 0, where setting the value to 0 means that the LED flashes indefinitely. It can be flashed any possible hex color. It can be turned off with a stopLed function.
** Tested On **
BlackBerry Q5 10.2.1.1927
** Author **
Including the feature in your application
This API can be installed from source or from NPM. Installation from NPM is done through the following:
cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-led
webworks plugin add cordova-plugin-led
Installation from source is the same but instead of the id ("cordova-plugin-led"), use the file system path to the source plugin folder.
Structure of the Plugin and Sample
There are two parts to this project - the plugin and a sample:
The plugin is contained in the plugin folder. This plugin can be imported into a PhoneGap or Cordova application using the command line tools. The sample code is included in the sample folder. The code here is meant to be dropped into a PhoneGap or Cordova default template project and it shows the API in use.
Building and Testing the Sample
The included sample app is the www directory of the default Cordova Hello World application created by the cordova create command. Create a new Cordova project using the create command, and copy the www folder into it, overwriting the existing one. Make sure you've either added the BlackBerry 10 SDK to your PATH, or run bbndk-env.bat (Win) or bbndk-env.sh (Mac/Linux), then add the BlackBerry10 platform to your project using cordova platform add blackberry10. Then add the plugin to your project with the command cordova plugin add /plugin. Your project is ready to run on your simulator simply by calling cordova run in the project directory. The sample code in www has been altered to include a div in index.html for displaying the test data, and a set of test functions in js/index.js to excercise the Led API and display some results.
To use the plugin in another project, that's been created with Cordova, run cordova plugin add /plugin
Then you can call the methods with the namespace community.led, and that should appear in WebInspector as an Object so you can see what APIs are available.
The Plugin API
The Led plugin provides the following API:
var id = community.led.startLed(color, blinkCount);
This function calls the LED on a Blackberry phone to blink "blinkCount" number of times with color "color". The variable "color" is defined as a 6-character hex string, for example "FF0000" is the equivalent hex string for a red light. The variable "blinkCount" is an integer defined as the number of times the LED will blink before turning off. Setting blinkCount to 0 indicates that the light will blink until stopLed is called. The function startLed() returns the id of the LED process.
This function stops the LED from blinking if it is currently blinking. The variable id is the ID of the LED process.
Building the plugin from source
Copy the plugin folder to a location on your computer to start working with it.
Momentics NDK setup
You can either import the project from the Template folder, or use the New Project Wizard in Momentics to create a starter project.
Importing the Template
- Open the Momentics IDE. Navigate to the workbench and from the program menu select File -> Import and choose "Existing Projects into Workspace".
- Choose "Select root directory: " and browse to the /plugin/src/blackberry10/native directory where you copied the plugin. Select the Led project in the Projects list and uncheck "Copy projects into workspace". Click Finish.
- Follow these next steps to build the plugin to be sure the setup is working.
How to build your native Plugin
- Right click your project and select the Clean Project option.
- Right click your project again and select Build Configurations -> Build Selected... .
- A window will appear that shows all the available build configurations for the project. Select device and simulator and click ok.
- You should see the shared libraries (libLed.so files) generated in the folders for each Build Configuration that you selected.
Using the Plugin in an Application
To use the plugin in another project, that's been created with Cordova, run cordova plugin add /plugin. That will copy the plugin into the project, and update the www/config.xml file to include the feature as below:
<feature name="community.led" value="community.led" />
Modifying the Plugin
See the examples in the Template Extension for how to add additional features to this extension.
When making changes, rebuild regularly so you don't make a really hard to find typo.
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