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README.md

Node.JS plugin for Apache Cordova (built on JXcore)

Goals

This project is intended to ;

  • create an easy to use node.js plugin for Apache Cordova (Android, iOS)
  • show JXcore's embedding interface in details.

Installation

Below are the steps to be taken if you want to update JXcore binaries in your Cordova JXcore application. They all should be called prior to cordova plugin add command. This step is optional. We keep the core binaries are updated.

  1. Rebuild JXcore binaries as a static library by embedding leveldown:

    $ git clone https://github.com/jxcore/jxcore.git
    $ cd jxcore
    $ build_scripts/android-configure.sh /path/to/android/ndk/
    $ build_scripts/android_compile.sh /path/to/android/ndk/ --embed-leveldown
  2. Refresh jxcore-cordova/src/android/jxcore-binaries folder contents:

    $ cd /my/cordova/app
    $ git clone https://github.com/jxcore/jxcore-cordova.git
    $ rm -f ./jxcore-cordova/src/android/jxcore-binaries/*
    $ cp -f /jxcore/repo/out_android/android/bin/* jxcore-cordova/src/android/jxcore-binaries/
  3. Recompile .so files

    $ cd jxcore-cordova/src/android/jni
    $ ~/android-ndk-path/ndk-build
  4. Add/re-add the plugin/platform

    $ cd ../../../../
    $ cordova plugin add jxcore-cordova/
    $ cordova platforms add android
  5. You may run the app now

    $ cordova run

Usage

JavaScript on UI side works on top of Cordova's webUI. JXcore's JavaScript is a separate instance.

So you need an API to communicate between Cordova JS to JXcore JS.

Cordova to JXcore

These API methods are used on the side of Apache Cordova (for example, in the main index.html of your Cordova application).

Sharing a JavaScript function from Cordova to JXcore
jxcore(name_of_the_function).register(a_function_to_register);

Example:

jxcore('alert').register(function(msg){ alert(msg); });
Calling a JavaScript function (shared on JXcore side) from Cordova
jxcore(name_of_the_function).call(params_to_send..., callback);

Example:

jxcore('asyncPing').call('Hello', function(p1, p2, p3...){ });

JXcore to Cordova

These API methods are used on the side of JXcore (for example, in the main app.js of your application based on Node API).

Sharing a synchronous JavaScript function from JXcore to Cordova
Mobile(name_of_the_function).registerSync(a_function_to_register);

This method expects the registered function to be synchronous (i.e. to immediately return a value).

Example:

Mobile('syncPing').registerSync(function(msg){ return msg + ' pong'; });
Sharing an asynchronous JavaScript function from JXcore to Cordova
Mobile(name_of_the_function).registerAsync(a_function_to_register);

This method expects the registered function to be asynchronous (i.e. to return some value using a callback).

Example:

Mobile('asyncPing').registerAsync(function(msg, callback){ callback(msg + ' pong') });
Calling a JavaScript function (shared on Cordova side) from JXcore
Mobile(name_of_the_function).call(params...);

Example:

Mobile('log').call(msg);

JXcore to JAVA / Objective-C (vice versa)

You may also define JXcore JS side methods those you want to call from Java / Obj-C.

If you need a JS side method that you want to call multiple times use below approach instead depending on a method callback id.

How to Install Node Modules

Visit www/jxcore folder and install the node modules there. It's adviced to use 'jx install' command to install node modules from npm.

For example

// UNIX
www/jxcore > sudo jx install jxm --autoremove "*.gz" 

// Windows
www/jxcore > jx install jxm --autoremove "*.gz"

'--autoremove "*.gz"' will be removing the gz files from modules folder. Android APK doesn't allow you to put .gz files into application's assets.

Where To Save your Files (Write access on mobile targets) EROFS error ?

Consider using either process.userPath or require('os').tmpdir() to get the Documents (on ios) or a folder you have the write access. process.cwd() or __dirname may not target a folder that you have the write access!

If you are okay with using Mobile specific API see Mobile.GetDocumentsPath below;

Mobile.getDocumentsPath

Returns the location for Application (specific) writable folder.

Mobile.getDocumentsPath(function(err, location) {
  if (err)
    console.error("Error", err);
  else
    console.log("Documents location", location);
});

Android and iOS file systems behave differently. Android OS supports external persistent storage. If you want to store a persistent information on Android OS, consider using sdcard location.

Mobile.getConnectionStatus

Returns device's connection status

Mobile.getConnectionStatus(function(err, status) {
  if (status.NotConnected)
    console.log("No internet connection");
  else if (status.WiFi)
    console.log("WiFi");
  else if (status.WWAN)
    console.log("Mobile Connection");
});

Mobile.getDeviceName

Returns device's manufacturer and model name

Mobile.getDeviceName(function(err, name) {
  if (err)
    console.error("Something bad has happened");
  else 
    console.log("Device name", name)
});

JXcore side events

  • pause

Occurs whenever an application is paused on the device (e.g. goes to the background).

process.on('pause', function() {
  console.log('pause');
});
  • resume

Occurs whenever an application will start interacting with the user (e.g. comes back from the background).

process.on('resume', function() {
  console.log('resume');
});
  • connectionStatusChanged(status)

Occurs whenever network connection status has been changed on mobile device (e.g. WiFi has been turned on or Plane Mode has been enabled).

The status is a string containing one of the following: WiFi, WWAN, NotConnected. See also Mobile.getConnectionStatus.

process.on('connectionStatusChanged', function(status) {
  console.log('new network status:', status);
});

JS Error Tracking

If you want to customize JS side errors, visit JXMobile.java for Android and JXMobile.m for iOS and update OnError behavior

Remarks

  • JXcore cordova interface doesn't keep the reference for a callback id once it's used.
  • JavaScript is a single threaded language. Don't call the referenced JS methods from other threads.
  Mobile('fromJXcore').registerToNative(function(param1, param2){
    // this method is reachable from Java or ObjectiveC
    // OBJ-C : [JXcore callEventCallback:@"fromJXcore" withParams:arr_parms];
    // Java  : jxcore.CallJSMethod("fromJXcore", arr_params);
  });

See JXcoreExtension.java / JXcoreExtension.m / .h for sample Java/Obj-C definitions.

Contribution

If you see a mistake / bug or you think there is a better way to do the things, feel free to contribute. All the contributions are considered under MIT license.