This article provides developers with an understanding of how the Advanced APIs for EditLive! operate. This article also details the basic steps required by developers to extend the core functionality of an EditLive! applet by creating Java classes that utilize the Advanced APIs.
How the Advanced APIs Work
To load an instance of EditLive! in a webpage, developers use the Load Time Methods and a Configuration File. The Advanced APIs allow developers to then create a Java class that is passed to an instance of the EditLive! applet with all the properties defined in the above mentioned Load Time Methods and the Configuration File. This developer-designed Java class can then be used to access the properties of the EditLive! applet and specify additional functionality for the applet.
Coding with the Advanced APIs
In order to use the Advanced APIs to extend the functionality of EditLive!, developers must create their own Java class. This Java class needs to utilize the Tiny Java APIs in order to access the properties of the EditLive! applet.
Java classes created to use the Advanced APIs need to adhere to the following properties:
- Import the required Java packages to utilize the Advanced APIs.
The following packages are required to use the Tiny Java APIs:
- Ensure the Java class' constructor has only one parameter: An instance of ELJBean.
The ELJBean class is the Java representation of the EditLive! applet. All the information specified in applet's Load Time Properties and Configuration File are passed to the ELJBean class. This allows developers to not only specify additional functionality for the EditLive! applet, but also access the current properties of the EditLive! applet as well. For information on how to interact with the ELJBean class see the Tiny Java APIs.
The following example shows how to specify a Java class called AdvancedAPITest that can utilize the Advanced APIs.