Initialization

This section describes how to initialize a container for the Android and iOS platforms.

Android

Before accessing MiniApps that are stored within an Electrode Native container, the container needs to be initialized.

Initialization of a Container should ideally take place during startup of your mobile application. If you are using a class extending Application, you should place the container initialization call in the onCreate method of this class. If you are not using an Application class to initialize all libraries used by your mobile application, you should place the container initialization code wherever appropriate. It's best to have it initialized as soon as possible.

The initialization of a container is done as a single call of the initialize static method of the ElectrodeReactContainer class.

ElectrodeReactContainer.initialize(
this /* Application instance */,
new ElectrodeReactContainer.Config().isReactNativeDeveloperSupport(BuildConfig.DEBUG)
/* Additional plugins configuration here */);

The first parameter to this method is the Application instance. In the sample call above, we use this as the call is made from an Application extending class. The second parameter is the configuration of the container and React Native. In the sample above, we enable React Native developer support. In the sample we make use of BuildConfig.DEBUG to enable developer mode for debug builds only. You can adapt it for your application needs.

The initialize method might also contain additional parameters. Respectively, one parameter per plugin configuration. Not all plugins (APIs or third-party native modules) are configurable, so most of them (>90%) won't add an extra parameter to the initialize method. One configurable plugin is react-native-code-push for example, as you need to pass a deployment key to initialize this plugin, and it also has a debug mode that you can enable or disable.

iOS

Before accessing MiniApps stored within an Electrode Native container, you need to initialize the container. In iOS, we prefix our platform-specific files with Electrode.

Initialization of a Container should ideally take place during startup of your mobile application. Ideally it should take place in your AppDelegate.m in didFinishLaunchingWithOptions: method. Otherwise, you should call the container initialization wherever appropriate. It's best to have it initialized as soon as possible.

Initialization of Container is performed through the static method startWithConfigurations: of ElectrodeReactNative.

import ElectrodeContainer
let containerConfig = ElectrodeContainerConfig()
containerConfig.debugEnabled = RnDevSupportEnabled
ElectrodeReactNative.start(withConfigurations: containerConfig)
#import <ElectrodeContainer/ElectrodeContainer.h>
ElectrodeContainerConfig *containerConfig = [[ElectrodeContainerConfig alloc] init];
containerConfig.debugEnabled = RnDevSupportEnabled;
[ElectrodeReactNative startWithConfigurations:containerConfig];

The first parameter is an implementation of the ElectrodePluginConfig protocol we provide through ElectrodeContainer that allows you to configure for both ElectrodeContainer and React Native. In the sample above we use RnDevSupportEnabled, a static boolean constant, to decide if developer support should be enabled or not. You can adapt it for your application needs.

The startWithConfigurations: method might also take additional parameters such as the implementation of ElectrodePluginConfig for additional plugins, depending on your plugin dependencies. Specifically, one parameter per plugin configuration. Note Not all plugins (APIs or third party native modules) are configurable, so most of them (>90%) won't add an extra parameter to the initialize method. One configurable plugin is react-native-code-push for example, as you need to pass a deployment key to initialize this plugin, and it also has a debug mode that you can enable or disable.

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