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  • January 9, 2018

Announcing Offline Persistence Toolkit for JavaScript Client Applications

Graeme Mawson
Senior Principal Product Manager

We are excited to announce the open source release on GitHub of the offline-persistence-toolkit for JavaScript client applications, developed by the Oracle JavaScript Extension Toolkit (Oracle JET) team.

The Offline Persistence Toolkit is a client-side JavaScript library that provides caching and offline support at the HTTP request layer. This support is transparent to the user and is done through the Fetch API and an XHR adapter. HTTP requests made while the client device is offline are captured for replay when connection to the server is restored. Additional capabilities include a persistent storage layer, synchronization manager, binary data support and various configuration APIs for customizing the default behavior.

Whilst the toolkit is primarily intended for hybrid mobile applications created using Oracle JET, it can be used within any JavaScript client application that requires persistent storage and/or offline data access.

The Offline Persistence Toolkit simplifies life for application developers by providing a response caching solution that works well across modern browsers and web views. The toolkit covers common caching cases with a minimal amount of application-specific coding, but provides flexibility to cover non-trivial cases as well. In addition to providing the ability to cache complete response payloads, the toolkit supports "shredding" of REST response payloads into objects that can be stored, queried and updated on the client while offline.

The architecture diagram illustrates the major components of the toolkit and how an application interacts with it:

The Offline Persistence Toolkit is distributed as an npm package consisting of AMD modules.

To install the toolkit, enter the following command at a terminal prompt in your app’s top-level directory:

    $ npm install @oracle/offline-persistence-toolkit

 

The toolkit makes heavy use of the Promise API. If you are targeting environments that do not support the Promise API, you will need to polyfill this feature. We recommend the es6-promise polyfill.

The toolkit does not have a dependency on a specific client-side storage solution, but does include a PouchDB adapter. If you plan to use PouchDB for your persistent store, you will need to install the following PouchDB packages:

    $ npm install pouchdb pouchdb-find

 

For more information about how to make use of this toolkit in your Oracle JET application or any other JavaScript application, refer to the toolkit's README, which also provides details about why we developed this toolkit, how to include it into your app, some simple use cases and links to JS Doc and more advanced use cases.

You can also refer to the JET FixItFast sample app that makes use of the toolkit.  You can refer directly to the source code and even use the Oracle JET command line interface to build and deploy the app to see how it works.

I hope you find this toolkit really useful and if you have any feedback, please submit issues on GitHub.

For more technical articles about the Offline Persistence Toolkit, Oracle JET and other products, you can also follow OracleDevs on Medium.com.

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