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From Carlos Santana <>
Subject Re: Question About Official Plugins
Date Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:24:55 GMT
  Thanks for contacting the Cordova mailing list and share with us your
project, we are excited when user's use Cordova and even more excited when
users build Cordova plugins to share with others.

Like Jesse said since the plugin is not register on the Cordova registry
[1] there is no harm today that you name it with org.apache.codova.*
There are plugins available in phonegap build [2] that do not have the
apache identifier like Barcodescanner[3]

[2] com.phonegap.plugins.barcodescanner

Since the user's of your plugin are not installing via id, and the current
way to upgrade a plugin is to remove and then add the plugin, your users
will not be that affected on the change in the identifier, just need to use
'plugin ls' to double check the id to use to rm the plugin

[cordova | phonegap local] plugin rm [org.apache.cordova.ibeacon |

When you decide to publish your plugin on the registry [1], you will not be
allowed so the sooner you change the id, the less users affected.

Also like Joe said, having the plugin outside ASF gives your more control
over your project, and it's great that is open source with a Apache 2.0
license and that you accept contributions either bug reports or pull

PS: it's rad that you are using dart to test cordova cli

On Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 4:57 PM, Joe Bowser <> wrote:

> On Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 1:36 PM, Peter Metz <> wrote:
> > Hello Cordova Devs,
> >
> >
> > I wrote a Cordova plugin
> > <> which kind of
> > accidentally ended up with an official-like plugin ID:
> > org.apache.cordova.ibeacon.
> > I know that's lame, and would like to state that I didn't intend to
> > infringe any copyrights and if instructed so, will change plugin ID, no
> > questions asked.
> >
> >
> Cool.  I was working on something similar, but I wouldn't want this to be
> in the Cordova project, because of the whole Apple/iBeacon thing.
> > But before all that, please, read on!
> >
> > I've been advised
> > <>, that
> > because of the fake-official ID, it is not possible to submit the plugin
> to
> > Phonegap Build which I never use, but would not want to leave out people
> > who do, for obvious reasons.
> >
> > Is there even, tiny bit of chance that my plugin could become an official
> > one (so it can be present on Phonegap Build), while I'm still able to
> > commit changes to it?
> >
> I'm going to say no here.  The reason we won't add this to the project as
> an official plugin is because:
> 1. I'm not sure of the legal status of iBeacon
> 2. I'm not sure of the legal status of using iBeacon on Android.  I know
> Radius Networks did an API for it, and they still exist.
> 3. I have no idea if BLE exists outside of Android and iOS
> 4. I like to have people have control over their cool stuff outside the
> project proper for as long as possible.  Once it becomes an official
> plugin, it becomes part of the ASF project, and all the rules regarding
> releases apply.  Right now, you own it and you can release it as much as
> you want.  Sure, you take more legal risks, but you can release earlier and
> more often than we can, without a vote.
> There are both positives and negatives to making plugins core, and I
> honestly think that the answer at this time is no for this one.  This has
> nothing to do with the code or the utility, but instead is more about
> whether it's a right fit right now.
> Does anyone else have any thoughts on this?
> Joe

Carlos Santana

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