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From Braden Shepherdson <>
Subject Re: Brainstorming Proposal: Implementing apps as plugins
Date Tue, 12 Feb 2013 19:31:28 GMT
Plugin devs are left to put together their own file structure. Plugins are
pretty freeform, you specify where to find things with <asset> and
<source-file> tags; the installed locations have nothing to do with the
plugin repo locations.

The main difference that I can see is that plugins specify every file they
want copied where when installed, whereas apps just put things in www/.

I'm leaning towards the correct approach here being to treat them as
separate but share as much code as we can.


On Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 2:08 PM, Michal Mocny <> wrote:

> On Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 1:48 PM, Filip Maj <> wrote:
> >
> > >So, if an app was bundled as a plugin with its www folder, then if it
> > >could
> > >use config-file modification to set the startPage (this may not be
> > >supported yet), would that be enough?  Ideally plugins would support
> > >importing a while config.xml file?
> >
> > I think so.. Currently config file modification in plugman only supports
> > appending to a config document but that can be changed.
> >
> > >Also, there is obviously a bit of confusion with using the name "plugin"
> > >for an "app".
> >
> > Yeah this is my biggest concern. With the current setup, it is clear
> where
> > the application goes. It is on its own and exists right from the get go -
> > without any added platforms or plugins. While plugin.xml is nice in that
> > it supports conditional platform config modification + assets, does this
> > mean users will need to add a plugin.xml to their app before using it
> with
> > the tools? This all seems backwards. While I understand the functionality
> > of both current and proposed approaches essentially DO the same, this
> > doesn't mean we should dictate the user workflow to follow the
> > implementation.
> >
> Its true, the names are confusing and there are slight differences.
>  Perhaps cordova-cli could support two types of manifests: config.xml (or
> call it app.xml?) and plugin.xml.  Both apps and plugins could have the
> same folder structure, and the manifests would mostly share a common set of
> accepted tags/functionality.
> As for setup, then cordova-cli could have an "app-init" action and
> "app-install".
> (side-question: do we have "plugin-init" cordova-cli command planned or do
> we tell plugin devs to initialize the file structure manually?)
> -Michal

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