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Terms, Icons, and Labels

Many classes have shortcut names used when creating (instantiating) a class with a configuration object. The shortcut name is referred to as an alias (or xtype if the class extends Ext.Component). The alias/xtype is listed next to the class name of applicable classes for quick reference.

Access Levels

Framework classes or their members may be specified as private or protected. Else, the class / member is public. Public, protected, and private are access descriptors used to convey how and when the class or class member should be used.

Member Types

Member Syntax

Below is an example class member that we can disect to show the syntax of a class member (the lookupComponent method as viewed from the Ext.button.Button class in this case).

lookupComponent ( item ) : Ext.Component
protected

Called when a raw config object is added to this container either during initialization of the items config, or when new items are added), or {@link #insert inserted.

This method converts the passed object into an instanced child component.

This may be overridden in subclasses when special processing needs to be applied to child creation.

Parameters

item :  Object

The config object being added.

Returns
Ext.Component

The component to be added.

Let's look at each part of the member row:

Member Flags

The API documentation uses a number of flags to further commnicate the class member's function and intent. The label may be represented by a text label, an abbreviation, or an icon.

Class Icons

- Indicates a framework class

- A singleton framework class. *See the singleton flag for more information

- A component-type framework class (any class within the Ext JS framework that extends Ext.Component)

- Indicates that the class, member, or guide is new in the currently viewed version

Member Icons

- Indicates a class member of type config

- Indicates a class member of type property

- Indicates a class member of type method

- Indicates a class member of type event

- Indicates a class member of type theme variable

- Indicates a class member of type theme mixin

- Indicates that the class, member, or guide is new in the currently viewed version

Class Member Quick-Nav Menu

Just below the class name on an API doc page is a row of buttons corresponding to the types of members owned by the current class. Each button shows a count of members by type (this count is updated as filters are applied). Clicking the button will navigate you to that member section. Hovering over the member-type button will reveal a popup menu of all members of that type for quick navigation.

Getter and Setter Methods

Getting and setter methods that correlate to a class config option will show up in the methods section as well as in the configs section of both the API doc and the member-type menus just beneath the config they work with. The getter and setter method documentation will be found in the config row for easy reference.

History Bar

Your page history is kept in localstorage and displayed (using the available real estate) just below the top title bar. By default, the only search results shown are the pages matching the product / version you're currently viewing. You can expand what is displayed by clicking on the button on the right-hand side of the history bar and choosing the "All" radio option. This will show all recent pages in the history bar for all products / versions.

Within the history config menu you will also see a listing of your recent page visits. The results are filtered by the "Current Product / Version" and "All" radio options. Clicking on the button will clear the history bar as well as the history kept in local storage.

If "All" is selected in the history config menu the checkbox option for "Show product details in the history bar" will be enabled. When checked, the product/version for each historic page will show alongside the page name in the history bar. Hovering the cursor over the page names in the history bar will also show the product/version as a tooltip.

Search and Filters

Both API docs and guides can be searched for using the search field at the top of the page.

On API doc pages there is also a filter input field that filters the member rows using the filter string. In addition to filtering by string you can filter the class members by access level and inheritance. This is done using the checkboxes at the top of the page.

The checkbox at the bottom of the API class navigation tree filters the class list to include or exclude private classes.

Clicking on an empty search field will show your last 10 searches for quick navigation.

API Doc Class Metadata

Each API doc page (with the exception of Javascript primitives pages) has a menu view of metadata relating to that class. This metadata view will have one or more of the following:

Expanding and Collapsing Examples and Class Members

Runnable examples (Fiddles) are expanded on a page by default. You can collapse and expand example code blocks individually using the arrow on the top-left of the code block. You can also toggle the collapse state of all examples using the toggle button on the top-right of the page. The toggle-all state will be remembered between page loads.

Class members are collapsed on a page by default. You can expand and collapse members using the arrow icon on the left of the member row or globally using the expand / collapse all toggle button top-right.

Desktop -vs- Mobile View

Viewing the docs on narrower screens or browsers will result in a view optimized for a smaller form factor. The primary differences between the desktop and "mobile" view are:

Viewing the Class Source

The class source can be viewed by clicking on the class name at the top of an API doc page. The source for class members can be viewed by clicking on the "view source" link on the right-hand side of the member row.

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JsInterop

Use GWT JsInterop to interoperate with other JavaScript libraries.

Reference

Debugging

Notes about debugging.

  • Turn off source maps in Chrome. This helps in tracking down errors.
  • GWT.debugger() after JsType use, can be used break just after script is used.
  • Goto the generated JavaScript and compare. Find the file path in the SDM output. Then look for [HASH].nocache.js.

Native

isNative=true means the JsType will back a Javascript API.

  • isNative = true

Namespace

The type may need a path to work with the javascript type.
An example using the ExtJs API using the JsType Store, it would look like namespace=Ext.data.

  • namespace = JsPackage.GLOBAL - The JsType scoped path is available everywhere in the $wnd.
  • namespace = "customName" - The JsType path is only available from GWT sandbox.

Exporting

Turn on exporting Java types to JavaScript.

-generateJsInteropExports true

Defining JsTypes

Defining JsTypes can be done a multitude of ways.

  • The JsType annotation is not inherited.

JsType Basics

Construct the JsType the way you like it. Some stick closer to Java type strategy. Although you may find it easier to hug the Javascript API construction closely as it will be easier to match up with the API docs.

  • Defining

      package com.foo;
    
      @JsType
      public class Bar {
        public boolean bool = true; 
        public Bar(boolean bool) {this.bool = bool;}
        public String foo() { return "Hello ";}
        public static String baz() { return "GWTCon!"; }
    
        public void setBool(boolean bool) {
            this.bool = bool;
        }    
      }
    
  • Using from JavaScript

      var bar = new com.foo.Bar();
      if (bar.bool) {
        alert(bar.foo() + com.foo.Bar.baz());
      }
    
  • Using from Java

      Bar bar = new Bar();
      bar.bool = true;
      bar.setBool(false); 
    

JsType Inheritance

  • Defining

      package com.foo;
    
      @JsType
      public class Parent {
        public void String parentMethod() {
          return "parentMethod";
        }
    
        public static Child createChild() {
          return new Child();
        }
      }
    
      public class Child extends Parent {
        public void String childMethod() {        
          return "childMethod";
        }
      }
    
  • Using from JavaScript

      // Child constructor is not exposed. Can't use. 
      var child = new com.foo.Child();
    
      // available public api 
      var child = com.foo.Parent.createChild();
      child.parentMethod();
    
      // child api is not exposed. Can't use. 
      child.childMethod();
    
  • Using from Java

      Child child = new Child();
      child.parentMethod();
      child.createChild();
    

JsProperty, JsMethod and JsConstructor

Defining JsType class members.

  • Automatic declarations

      @JsType
      public class Bar {
        public boolean bool = true; 
        public Bar(boolean bool) {this.bool = bool;}
        public String foo() { return "Hello ";}
        public static String baz() { return "GWTCon!";}
      }
    
  • Declaring the JsType construction

      public class Bar {
    
        @JsProperty
        public boolean bool = true;
    
        @JsConstructor
        public Bar(boolean bool) {this.bool = bool;}
    
        @JsMethod
        public String foo() { return "Hello ";}
    
        @JsMethod
        public static String baz() { return "GWTCon!";}
      }
    

JsProperty and JsOverlay

JsOverlay is used to add new helper APIs to existing JavaScript types. This is achieved by adding the new method/field to a @JsType(isNative=true) and marking it with this annotation.

  • The Javascript that creates the object literal.

      <script>
        var myobject = ["a", "b", "c"];
      </script>
    
  • This is an example of creating a helper class to access the Javascript object created with a script.

      import jsinterop.annotations.JsOverlay;
      import jsinterop.annotations.JsPackage;
      import jsinterop.annotations.JsProperty;
      import jsinterop.annotations.JsType;
    
      @JsType(isNative = true)
      public class MyHelper {
    
        @JsProperty(namespace = JsPackage.GLOBAL, name = "myobject")
        private static String[] myobject;
    
        @JsOverlay
        public static String getItem(int index) {
          return myobject[index];
        }
    
        @JsOverlay
        public static void setItem(int index, String value) {
          myobject[index] = value;
        }
      }
    
  • Example using the MyHelper class to access the Javascript object created above.

      public class MyHelperTest implements EntryPoint {
    
        @Override
        public void onModuleLoad() {
          TextButton button = new TextButton("Test getting");
          button.addSelectHandler(new SelectHandler() {
            @Override
            public void onSelect(SelectEvent event) {
              test();
            }
          });
    
          RootPanel.get().add(button);
        }
    
        protected void test() {
          String value = MyHelper.getItem(1);
          Info.display("work?", "value=" + value);
    
          MyHelper.setItem(1, "changed");
          value = MyHelper.getItem(1);
          Info.display("work?", "value=" + value);
        }
      }
    

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