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From "Andrew Grieve (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CB-5671) facilitate dynamic loading of cordova plugins
Date Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:23:19 GMT


Andrew Grieve commented on CB-5671:

Made initial progress towards having some flexibility here by at least not failing when your
JS is concatenated together.

I don't think this addresses your use-case though.

[~jpw] - do you have any suggestion on how to make this work better with require.js? E.g.
does it support setting values via the <script> url? e.g.: <script src="cordova.js#autoload=false">

> facilitate dynamic loading of cordova plugins
> ---------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CB-5671
>                 URL:
>             Project: Apache Cordova
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: CordovaJS
>    Affects Versions: 3.2.0
>         Environment: any
>            Reporter: Jon Whitlock
>            Assignee: Andrew Grieve
>              Labels: javascript
> Problem: Cordova expects resources to be loaded off the device filesystem.
> 1) On iOS this is very risky due to the turnaround time pushing hotfixes through the
App store.
> 2) In complex JS applications one needs to use a loader like require.js to manage async
loading (especially on mobile) & module dependancy management (as cordova does internally).
> 3) When integrating with many 3rd-party services like auth/"social login" one needs to
have a public-facing page to call back to.
> Use case: We have a bunch of prereqs before cordova.js loads, so we have to load cordova.js
using require.js.  However to show localised error messages we need the preferred language
from the device to know which language to show messaging in, so we need cordova loaded as
part of auth prerequisites.
> Problematic Assumptions:
> a) findCordovaPath() assumes a script tag in the document loaded cordova.js -- not the
case with require.js or similar.
> b) injectPluginScript() assumes that cordova_plugins.js is in the same dir as cordova.js
> So using plugins & dynamically loading Cordova is terminal, unless I hack findCordovaPath()
to return (in our case) the path where cordova.js is to be found -- which is defined in a
JS configuration file.
> I think it would be more robust to define the location of those file(s) in a config file
somewhere -- which could also facilitate dynamic loading of cordova.

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