Sencha Space review

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Published on March 10, 2014

Author: grgur



Review of Sencha Space BYOD enterprise hybrid web app solution
Includes tips and tricks, sencha space vs cordova, deployment info, source code

Grgur Grisogono @ggrgur

B Y ODEnterprise Software Providedto Unmanaged devices

HTML5 Phones + Tablets Secure Central (remote) Management Console Cross-platform Framework agnostic

Sencha Space Mobile Client Components Management Console Enterprise Web App+ +

Management Console

Management Console Applications Devices Users Groups VPN Stats

! Phones Tablets Desktop Management Console √ √ √ Runs on

Mobile Client HTML Application Host Any web app/site allowed API exposed

Space Menu with refresh, back, forward buttons Application & Organization Switcher Application Name (from <title>) Application area Layout

Applications available Account info Change Organizations Application Switcher

Security SecureFiles API SecureLocalStorage API Data encryption w/ secure key management Configurable security policies Immediate ACL propagation Remote data wipe

Security Every app has it’s own isolated WebView


Supported Platforms Beta Beta

Application Requirements 1. A valid HTML document ! 2. Deployed on a server (public or private)

Sencha Touch NOTrequired

Locally hosted apps ALLOWED

Application URLs are never exposed

Secure file storage Secure local storage Device APIs Cross-app communication API

Camera Connectivity Vibration Device info Orientation Device APIs

Promise Land All asynchronous calls use Promises

Promise Land Promises A+ spec

Safari Remote Inspector x Chrome Remote Inspector x Weinre √ Debugging Tip: use a local weinre instance

Space vs Cordova

Space vs Cordova No libraries or building required Cordova and platform tools & libraries, building required

Space vs Cordova No native plugins Plenty of plugins available

Space vs Cordova Limited access to native components Virtually all native APIs accessible

Space vs Cordova Good cross-application communication *Apps contained in Sencha Space N/A, but Cordova apps can communicate to other apps on device

Space vs Cordova Remote server needed No remote server or services needed

Space vs Cordova Built in user and group management ACLs N/A

Space vs Cordova Automatic updates pushed without App store App store and app verification needed to push updates

Space vs Cordova Timed offline lease available (security feature) 100% offline apps with custom refresh logic as needed

Space vs Cordova Secure LocalStorage and File System No built in security options for files and data

Space vs Cordova Remote user, device, and app management *for Space apps Remote management N/A

Space vs Cordova WebView secured WebView exposed

Space vs Cordova Does not support Jailbroken/Rooted devices No built-in Jailbreak/Root detection

Space vs Cordova VPN support No built-in VPN support

Space vs Cordova Free for 10 users and 10 apps in an organization. Paid plans available Free

Real Life Experience

Communication to Sencha Space native APIs goes through HTTP GET/POST requests !

Invoke API accepts JSON that becomes serialized when sent to another app ! (that means no functions allowed) !

Register Application ID in the Management Console if you need Invoke functionality ! App Edit Mode!

SecureLocalStorage is ASYNCHRONOUS ! (unlike LocalStorage) !

You can use MULTIPLE SecureLocalStorage instances !

SecureLocalStorage data is saved to an isolated SQLite database !

Arbitrary SQLite adapter is currently not available !

Apps CANNOT share SecureLocalStorage or SecureFiles !

LocalStorage: storage.getItem(‘myKey’); ! SecureLocalStorage: storage.get(‘myKey’); ! (ASYNC) (SYNC)

There is a 100-400 ms delay between document ready and Space ready !

Space API is available to any HTML document, whether it uses a Sencha framework or not !

Space API is available to any HTML document, whether it uses a Sencha framework or not !

Enhanced orientation change event !

Sencha Touch developers could benefit from using workspaces and packages through Sencha Cmd !

Space Up Your Apps Grgur Grisogono @

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