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DeepaMehta 5 Plugin Template

This project is aimed at DeepaMehta 5 plugin developers.

A plugin for the DeepaMehta platform can contain both, a server-side part, and/or a client-side part. The client-side part can either extend the standard DeepaMehta webclient, or can be a proprietary web front-end (possibly exposing its own extension mechanism).

This template project assumes you want develop a DeepaMehta 5 plugin that extends the standard DeepaMehta webclient. It is not suited for developing a proprietary DeepaMehta 5 web front-end. You can also use this template to add a server-side part to the plugin later on, however this is not yet demonstrated.

Build DeepaMehta 5 from source

The template project assumes you have built DeepaMehta 5 from source.

These tools are needed:

  • Java 8
  • Maven
  • Node.js
  • git

Build from source:

git clone https://github.com/jri/deepamehta.git
cd deepamehta
mvn clean install -P all -DskipTests

Only when you build DeepaMehta 5 from source you will get Hot Module Replacement. Hot Module Replacement provides you a comfortable development experience.

Clone the template project

The template project assumes being cloned inside DeepaMehta's modules-external directory.

cd modules-external
git clone https://github.com/jri/dm5-plugin-template.git

Cloning inside modules-external has 2 advantages:

  • For building the production version of the plugin the existing Webpack installation of the DeepaMehta installation will be reused (you don't need install Webpack for every plugin project again and again).
  • The production build of your plugin is automatically copied to DeepaMehta's bundle-deploy directory in order to get hot deployed.

Configure Hot Module Replacement

In deepamehta/modules/dmx-webclient/src/main/js/plugin-manager.js look for the comment // while development add your plugins here and add a initPlugin() call as follows:

// while development add your plugins here

This gives you Hot Module Replacement. That is every time you modify any of your plugin's front-end files (e.g. .js, .vue) the browser provides you instant feedback. Hot Module Replacement is handled by Webpack Dev Server.

Start the server(s)

  1. Start the DeepaMehta back-end server:

    cd deepamehta
    mvn pax:run

    By default the DeepaMehta back-end server listens on port 8080.

  2. In another terminal: start the Webpack Dev Server:

    cd deepamehta
    npm run dev

    The Webpack Dev Server (which listens on port 8082) will build the DeepaMehta webclient along with your plugin (as you have added it to plugin-manager.js), and then launches the webclient along with your plugin in a browser window (http://localhost:8082).

What the example plugin does

The example plugin mounts a "Greetings!" button into the webclient's toolbar. Every time you click it another "Greetings" Note topic is created (but not revealed).


Although this is trivial functionality the plugin's source code demonstrates a couple of crucial plugin concepts:

  • Mounting Vue.js components into the DeepaMehta webclient
  • Registering a Vuex store module for managing the plugin's state
  • Injecting DeepaMehta libraries (e.g. DM5 Core types, DM5 REST client) into components and store module

Start developing

Now adapt the example plugin to your own needs. Every DeepaMehta plugin which extends the standard webclient has a src/main/js/plugin.js file. The plugin.js file declares the various assets your plugin provides (e.g. Vue.js components, Vuex store module). Start your inspection there.

While development the result of every modification you make is immediately visible in the browser due to Hot Module Replacement.

Build plugin for production

cd dm5-plugin-template
mvn clean package

This will build a .jar file for production and copy it to DeepaMehta's bundle-deploy directory. The .jar file contains your plugin (minified Javascript, extracted CSS, both hashed for longterm caching) and is deployable in every DeepaMehta 5 installation. The production build is handled by Webpack. The DeepaMehta backend server serves the plugin front-end assets via http(s).

Test the production build of your plugin by opening the webclient, but this time as served from the DeepaMehta back-end server http://localhost:8080/systems.dmx.webclient/ (note that the trailing slash is needed). The "Greetings!" button is supposed to appear and function like before. But note that this time the DeepaMehta webclient fetches the plugin's front-end assets (Javascript, CSS) from the DeepaMehta back-end server (no dev server involved). You can see this in the browser console:


Version History

0.5 -- Nov 25, 2019

  • Improvement:
    • Default config supports code splitting
  • Chore:
    • Adapted to DMX 5.0-beta-6
    • Revised README

0.4.1 -- Apr 24, 2019

  • Chore:
    • Adapt to newer clean-webpack-plugin
    • Depends on DMX 5.0-beta-2

0.4 -- Feb 4, 2019

  • Plugin production build:
    • CSS extraction
    • Add hashes to js and css files to support longterm caching
    • Remove old builds
  • More example code annotations
  • Simplified pom.xml
  • Change license to GPL-3.0-or-later

0.3 -- Oct 14, 2018

  • Illustrates dependency injection (dm5, axios, Vue)
    • into plugin.js
    • into a Vuex store module
    • into a Vue component
  • Illustrates CSS usage
  • New script stats runs the Webpack Bundle Analyzer
  • Uses the Webpack installation of the DMX platform

0.2 -- Mar 26, 2018

0.1 -- May 1, 2017

Jörg Richter
Nov 25, 2019




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