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From Jesse <>
Subject Re: WP8 Plugin Architecture & Access to CordovaView
Date Thu, 20 Mar 2014 04:57:34 GMT
This is by design, to prevent every plugin from pumping its own cruft into
the DOM.
However, there are some cases where it is required, and I am considering
some achitecture changes to make this easier.

In the meantime, you can get a reference to the Cordova WebBrowser like

Deployment.Current.Dispatcher.BeginInvoke(() =>
    PhoneApplicationFrame frame = Application.Current.RootVisual as
    if (frame != null)
        PhoneApplicationPage page = frame.Content as PhoneApplicationPage;
        if (page != null)
            CordovaView cView = page.FindName("CordovaView") as CordovaView;
            if (cView != null)
                WebBrowser br = cView.Browser;
                // do something with the cordova browser.


On Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 6:27 PM, Dan Polivy <> wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm fairly new to Cordova, but so far have found it pretty easy to get my
> existing mobile website up and running as an app using various native
> components. Thanks for all of your work to get to this point! As I progress
> in my development, I find myself with an architectural/dev question about
> the framework that I'd appreciate hearing your input on.
> At the moment, I am focused on the WP8 and iOS versions of my app. For
> plugins, I've noticed that the iOS CDVPlugin class contains a reference to
> the main UIWebView, the Android CordovaPlugin class gets the
> CordovaInterface and CordovaWebView references, but on the WP8 side, the
> BaseCommand class seems fairly well isolated from the corresponding
> CordovaView. I have a scenario using the FileTransfer plugin which requires
> the WebRequest to utilize the same cookies as the main WebBrowser for my
> file transfer to succeed. I believe I can make this work by setting the
> WebRequest.CookieContainer = WebBrowser.GetCookies() (pseudo-code) - but
> getting access to the WebBrowser from the plugin seems difficult the way
> things are.
> I was going to look at plumbing the CordovaView through to the BaseCommand
> class, similar to how it's done on the iOS side, and submit a pull request
> to the cordova-wp8 repo when I'm done. But first, I wanted to check with
> you to see if this was a terrible idea, or if you had any better
> suggestions on how to implement this? I'd much prefer to give something
> back than hack a one-off solution for myself.
> Thanks,
> Dan

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