Writing a Plugin

When a job is selected, a bottom tabbed panel is activated which shows details of that job. You can add your own tab to that panel in the form of a plugin.

The existing Jobs Detail tab is, itself, a plugin. So it is a good example to follow. See ui/plugins/jobdetail.

To create a new plugin the following steps are required:

  • Create your plugin folder
  • Create a controller in your plugin folder
  • Create a partial HTML file in your plugin folder
  • Register the controller
  • Register the partial

Create your plugin folder

Your folder can have whatever name you choose, but it should reside beneath app/plugins. For example: app/plugins/jobfoo.

Create a controller

The most basic of controllers would look like this:

    function JobFooPluginCtrl($scope) {

        $scope.$watch('selectedJob', function(newValue, oldValue) {
            // preferred way to get access to the selected job
            if (newValue) {
                $scope.job = newValue;
        }, true);

This controller just watches the value of selectedJob to see when it gets a value. selectedJob is set by the ui when a job is… well… selected.

Create a partial

The partial is the portion of HTML that will be displayed in your plugin’s tab. A very simple partial would look like this:

<div ng-controller="JobFooPluginCtrl">
    <p>I pitty the foo that don't like job_guid: {{ job.job_guid }}</p>

Register the controller

Due to a limitation of jqlite, you must register your controller.js in the main application’s index.html file. You can see at the end of the file that many .js files are registered. Simply add yours to the list:

<script src="plugins/jobfoo/controller.js"></script>

Register the partial

The plugins controller needs to be told to use your plugin. So edit the file: app/plugins/controller.js and add an entry to the tabs array with the information about your plugin:

$scope.tabs = [
        title: "Jobs Detail",
        content: "plugins/jobdetail/main.html",
        active: true
        title: "Jobs Foo",
        content: "plugins/jobfoo/main.html"

It may be obvious, but title is the title of the tab to display. And content is the path to your partial.


That’s it! Reload your page, and you should now have a tab to your plugin! Rejoice in the profit!