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I have been pointed at a github link for a cordova plugin to allow reading barcodes from a handheld bluetooth scanner on a mobile app.
I am an utter novice in all these things (github, cordova, buildozer). Can someone with more of a clue give it a look see and see if I can just include an nvm link to buildozer or otherwise how I get it accessed from within my app?
Thanks in advance.
You could check the Barcode browser source (JS & Java) to create your own for the external barcode scanner.We use: https://github.com/phonegap/phonegap-plugin-barcodescanner version v6.0.8
The mentioned URL does not contain much. Better check the basics of cordova in https://codingsans.com/blog/cordova-android-plugin
You might change the barcodescanner code to the code you need, and put into an external git repository.Then that URL can be added an URL to Uniface.
As I understand it, this project is an interface to a java companion app which has to be downloaded to the device in order to talk to this specific brand of handheld barcode scanners. This is not to use the phone/tablet as a barcode scanner, which we have already integrated. As I am sure you are aware, the phone camera barcode scanner is not good for large quantities of scans in a short space of time.
If you press clone/download button on a repository on the mentioned page, then you get the GIT url to use in Uniface mobile app creation. Buildozer will then include the code and create a cordova app. Hope that helps you.
PS: The included source code of Android doesn't do much.
Kind regards, Sjaak
For a mobile app you will need to define a Startup Shell type Mobile.
There you can add your plugins via the Plugins property.
In the Uniface library there is documentation on the page
Startup Shells for Mobile Apps
List of npm (Node Package Manager) names or public URLs of the plugins to be included in the app.
To define a specific version of the plugin you want to use, append PluginVersion to the npm name using an ampersand (@), or to the public URL using a hash symbol (#). For example:
npm name: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Using URLs is less stable than using the plugin name.
If not specified, the most recent version is used.
Hope this helps.
Thanks for this Peter, and I have (with the help of a consultant from Uniface) included a few 'standard' plugins. However, I think what I am missing is the base knowledge of how one determines the NPM name or base URL from a link to a GitHub repository...
It's the base understanding of the web/android world I am short of, and without a good grounding in that, I think it's difficult to determine how uniface/buioldozer has implemented it. All the online examples are (understandably) for other languages with different methods of inclusion...
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