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    Tommy Extension SDK

    The Tommy Extension SDK enables developers to build custom extensions and integrations that extend Tommy's core functionality.

    The SDK itself emulates the live Tommy environment, so you can develop extensions on your local machine that will integrate seamlessly with the live deployment.

    Getting Started

    Install the SDK by typing:

    npm install tommy_extension_sdk

    Open up the APIKEY file in the tommy_extension_sdk folder and paste in your Tommy API Key.

    Now launch the server emulator:

    node server

    To load the emulator point your browser at http://localhost:4000

    Building Extensions

    When you first load the emulator you will notice there are a couple of demo extensions available in the menu. The source code for these demo extensions is located in the /extensions folder, and they are a good place to start when building your own extensions.

    The basic folder structure is extremely simple:

    |-- manifest.json
    |-- main.html

    Manifest File

    Each extension package contains a single manifest.json file. The manifest.json file contains all the metadata information, configuration options, and a list of views to be exposed by your extension.

    A minimal manifest.json file with both client and admin views would look like something like this:

      "name": "Hello World",
      "package": "hello",
      "version": "0.0.1",
      "author": "Kam Low",
      "private": false,
      "views": [
          "name": "Hello World",
          "file": "client/main.html",
          "type": "page",
          "scope": "client",
          "framed": false,
          "permissions": {}
          "name": "Hello World Admin",
          "file": "admin/form.html",
          "type": "form",
          "scope": "admin",
          "framed": false,
          "permissions": {}

    The manifest.json options are as follows:

    • name: (String) The human readable name of the extension.
    • package: (String) The machine readable name of the extension in underscore case.
    • version: (String) The release version number (must be incremented on each release).
    • author: (String) The extensions author name (may be individual or organisation).
    • private: (Boolean) The privacy setting that determines if this extension is usable by other Tommy users or not.
    • views: (Object) The object containing the views to be exposed on the interface.

    Exposing Views

    Each extension may contain multiple views to be exposed on the interface. Views are defined within the views option in the manifest.json file.

    • name: (String) The view page title.
    • file: (String) The relative view path to the view HTML file ie. client/main.html.
    • type: (String) The view type, current supported are page and form.
    • scope: (String) The view type, current supported are client and admin.
    • framed: (Boolean) Weather or not the view should be loaded inside an iframe for security.
    • permissions: (Object) The view permission object.

    Special care should be taken when defining the view application scope, which has two options; client, and admin. Views with the client scope will be exposed within the client side mobile app used by employees, and views with the admin scope will be exposed within the backend app used by employers.


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