The OpenMRS UI Framework is packaged in a module which provides the framework. To use it, you need to create a module of your own that depends on it and uses it.
Its recommended that you use a mavenized module and that you generate it with the Module Maven Archetype.
To refer to the UI Framework in your module, you just need a standard module dependency on uiframework module:
In your module's root pom.xml you need something like this: (you want to get the latest released version number from http://mavenrepo.openmrs.org/nexus/index.html#nexus-search;quick~uiframework-api )
In your module's omod/pom.xml you need something like this:
And your module's omod/src/main/resources/config.xml needs something like this:
Of course any administrator who installs your module will also have install the UI Framework module, just like with any other module dependency.
99% of of the time you'll want to have your module use the standard conventional configuration, by defining a single bean in webModuleApplicationContext.xml
The standard configuration looks for:
In the 99% case where you're using this standard configuration, you should create the folders:
And you should create your page and fragment controller packages like:
The UI Framework supports a "development mode" that helps you iterate rapidly on web-layer functionality, by automatically recompiling controllers as you edit them, and automatically reloading views. Note that development mode only automatically recompiles controllers (for pages or fragments), not other classes. But you should be iterating on your module's domain objects and service layer using the unit testing framework anyway. :-)
If your development environment is setup using the OpenMRS SDK, then this step is even easier for you. All you need to do to enable UI framework development mode is run
For more information on that see the Watch projects section of the SDK documentation.
If you are not currently using the SDK for development(which we strongly recommend that you do), then follow these instructions instead.
To enable development mode for a particular module, you need to set an argument at runtime before starting up OpenMRS.
The primary means for doing this has been to set a VM argument on the JRE you are running OpenMRS in. (See section on Setting a VM argument below)
If you set the following VM argument, it will be picked up by the view and controller providers configured by the StandardModuleUiConfiguration bean for yourmoduleid.
As of version 3.3 of the uiframework module, there some alternative options available for configuring development mode:
This will work only if you have your code checked out into a directory named either <moduleId> or openmrs-module-<moduleId>
As an example, lets say that I manage all of my OpenMRS code in a single directory: /home/openmrs/code
Then, within that directory I have various modules cloned that I work on:
If I set the following in my openmrs-runtime.properties file:
Then starting up my system, if any modules with moduleId in coreapps, reportingui, htmlformentryui, or appointmentschedulingui are started, then development mode will be enabled for these.
However, if at the moment I am only working on coreapps and reportingui, and so I only want to enable development mode for these, then I can further limit this with the following in my openmrs-runtime.properties file:
This will also work as if my code is checked out under simply the moduleId (i.e. /home/openmrs/code/coreapps)
Troubleshooting: It is reported that in unix you may need to delete " from the path and escape whitespaces with \ if any.