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From Jesse <>
Subject Re: Windows8/WP8 Proxy and Windows Runtime Components support
Date Fri, 07 Feb 2014 08:54:03 GMT
Yes, I am currently working on changes to plugman to support this.
Issues are : CB-5984 and CB-5970

I should have CB-5984 wrapped up tomorrow, or early next week, so you can
add/remove .dlls as plugins for both WP8 + Windows8.
This should handle the use case for most plugin developers.  I assume
during development they would just manually add a project reference to
their native code project, and when it comes time to ship their plugin,
checki-n the pre-built dlls.
There are potentially issues with 64bit/32bit/arm, but this is something we
can look at.

Adding project references ( CB-5970 ) is a little more involved because the
.sln file format ( text based ) is not as easily modified as
.jsproj/.csproj/... which are all well formed xml.

The WebSQL plugin is interesting, but I am not excited to see us perpetuate
a deprecated spec.  I would be more excited to see indexedDB use move
forward, however that is firmly in the iOS/Android ballpark. Just my
opinion ...

Re: proxy modification.  I don't expect it would be needed, based on
however the plugin developer defines their API.  Native calls ( inside the
plugin.js file ) could technically be routed through the proxy. but there
would be little benefit when they can just call the exposed native APIs
directly.  Ultimately I see this as a plugin developer decision, but we can
provide examples and guidance as well.

On Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 12:16 AM, Sergey Grebnov (Akvelon) <> wrote:

> Hi guys,
> Working on WebSQL polyfill for Windows8 and WP8 platforms which will be
> exposed as Cordova plugin I found out that there are PCL libraries with all
> required functionality. But I need to write two different Plugin wrappers -
> one for WP8 on C# and another one for Windows8 on JS. I'm wondering if we
> can add Plugins support written as Windows Runtime Component[1]
> I imagine developers will be able to use this feature as following:
> 1.       Write C# library which exposes all required functionality,
> handles plugin arguments and callback calls; use conditional compile
> directives if need access to platform specific api; or it could be exactly
> the same if it is just a Cordova wrapper around another library.
> 2.       Compile two different versions - WP8 / W8, place them accordingly
> to plugin folder structure and specify to be linked during plugin
> installation.
> Benefits:
> 1.       Write once, deploy to both WP8 and Windows8.
> 2.       Use C# if you are more comfortable with it.
> This involves the following:
> 1.       Support of linking libraries on WP8, Windows8. It seems Jesse is
> already working on this.
> 2.       Windows8 proxy modification
> I can do further investigation and create a prototype of other devs think
> this is interesting too. Thoughts?
> [1]
> Thx!
> Sergey

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