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Alfresco tech talk live mobile sdks

  1. 1. Alfresco Mobile SDKsAgenda•  Overview – Why, What & How? –  Gavin Cornwell•  Android SDK –  Jean Marie Pascal•  iOS SDK –  Peter Schmidt
  2. 2. Overview – Why?•  Simplify Access To Alfresco From Mobile Devices•  Uniform API To Access On-Premise Servers and The Cloud•  Enable 3rd party App Integration•  Rapidly Build Alfresco Based Apps•  Used For All Future Alfresco Apps
  3. 3. Overview – What?
  4. 4. Overview – Sample App
  5. 5. Overview – How?
  6. 6. Overview – How?
  7. 7. Overview – How?•  Create Session•  Use Services•  Retrieve Model Objects•  Handles Asynchronous Calls For You
  8. 8. Android SDK
  9. 9. In Android world…•  A common Android Application is made of –  Activities •  provides a screen with which users can interact in order to do something –  Fragments (Available in android 3+) •  represents a behavior or a portion of user interface –  Loaders (Available in android 3+) •  make it easy to asynchronously load data in an activity or fragment –  Services •  request information remotely to content repository and are responsible for creating data objects.
  10. 10. What Alfresco Mobile - AndroidSDK provides…•  Synchronous Alfresco Services API –  High level services + objects•  Asynchronous API –  Loaders•  UI Component Library –  Fragments, Adapter and manager•  Sample application –  Demonstrate how to use components
  11. 11. It’s not just one project… Alfresco Applications (sample…) APK Works on APK Alfresco Mobile UI Components LIB Android version superior to 3.0 JAR Alfresco Mobile Async API JAR Alfresco Mobile Repository API JAR Alfresco OpenCMIS Extension Works on Android versions superior to 2.1 Dependency JAR Android OpenCMIS
  12. 12. Support is possible… Alfresco Applications (sample…) APK APK Alfresco Mobile UI Components LIB Android support JAR Alfresco Mobile Async API libraryJAR Works on Android versions superior to 2.1 JAR Alfresco Mobile Repository API JAR Alfresco OpenCMIS Extension Not provided JAR Android OpenCMIS Dependency
  13. 13. UI Library•  Provides –  Images Ressources •  file type icon, logo… –  Themes •  Color scheme, Layout template… –  Localization Resources –  Fragments and adapters •  Activities List, •  Folder list, •  Comments List…
  14. 14. Demo Time
  15. 15. Use cases•  Create an application from scratch –  Extends and customize the sample application•  Add Alfresco oriented screen to an existing application –  Use the ApkLib UI component and add a fragment (Android 3+)•  Just need data –  Use the repository API
  16. 16. So are you ready to level up ?
  17. 17. Alfresco Mobile SDK
  18. 18. What’s included ? Sample App Mobile API Library Included Objective CMIS library Documentation (appledoc docset)
  19. 19. What are the libraries ? Alfresco Mobile API Objective CMIS Library (+headers) (+headers)•  Asynchronous handling of •  Low level library to handle CMIS sessions, requests & services requests •  Provides CMIS standard services, •  E.g. download/upload e.g. documents •  Document/Folder (e.g.•  Additional Services, e.g. upload/create/download) •  Comments •  Versioning •  Tagging •  Search •  Rating •  Mostly synchronous request •  Activity •  Collaborative project •  Planned to add to Apache CMIS•  Encapsulates low level CMIS project calls
  20. 20. iOS Specifics•  Naming conventions –  Objective CMIS code prefixed with CMIS –  Mobile API code prefixed with Alfresco•  Error Handling –  No exceptions in iOS apps, use NSError instead •  As per Apple standard: –  NSError object remains nil if method call is successful. Always check!•  ARC (Automatic Reference Counting)* –  No more retain, release, autorelease on objects ^(<parameter list>){ execution code }•  Blocks –  Used extensively in Mobile API to handle asynchronous requests and callbacks * requires iOS 5.x or later for full support
  21. 21. iOS SDK – Async Handling In Sample App codeIf(nil == error){ self.session = session;} Main Alfrescoelse{ thread Mobile API UIAlertView *alert = [[UIAlertView. Alloc]………..} Background thread Repository CMIS/REST API
  22. 22. How do Objective C Blocks fit in?•  Blocks were introduced in iOS 4, Mac OSX 10.6•  Ad hoc functionality that can be passed on like parameters•  Mobile API uses blocks as callbacks once requests complete –  You define what your app/code needs to do within a block
  23. 23. Example – Create SessionNSURL *url = [NSURL URLWithString:host];[AlfrescoRepositorySession connectWithUrl:url username:username password:pwd settings:nil completionBlock:^(id<AlfrescoSession> session, NSError *error){ if (nil != error) { /* Your error handling code goes here */ } else { self.session = session; NSLog(@"Authenticated successfully."); }}];
  24. 24. iOS Sample App Demo
  25. 25. Thank You!