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Application Class

Represents an Ext JS 4 application, which is typically a single page app using a Viewport. A typical Ext.app.Application might look like this:

  
    Ext.application({
            name: 'MyApp',
            launch: function() {
            Ext.create('Ext.container.Viewport', {
            items: {
            html: 'My App'
            }
            });
            }
            });
            

This does several things. First it creates a global variable called 'MyApp' - all of your Application's classes (such as its Models, Views and Controllers) will reside under this single namespace, which drastically lowers the chances of colliding global variables.

When the page is ready and all of your JavaScript has loaded, your Application's launch function is called, at which time you can run the code that starts your app. Usually this consists of creating a Viewport, as we do in the example above.

Telling Application about the rest of the app

Because an Ext.app.Application represents an entire app, we should tell it about the other parts of the app - namely the Models, Views and Controllers that are bundled with the application. Let's say we have a blog management app; we might have Models and Controllers for Posts and Comments, and Views for listing, adding and editing Posts and Comments. Here's how we'd tell our Application about all these things:

  
    Ext.application({
            name: 'Blog',
            models: ['Post', 'Comment'],
            controllers: ['Posts', 'Comments'],
            launch: function() {
            ...
            }
            });
            

Note that we didn't actually list the Views directly in the Application itself. This is because Views are managed by Controllers, so it makes sense to keep those dependencies there. The Application will load each of the specified Controllers using the pathing conventions laid out in the application architecture guide - in this case expecting the controllers to reside in app/controller/Posts.js and app/controller/Comments.js. In turn, each Controller simply needs to list the Views it uses and they will be automatically loaded. Here's how our Posts controller like be defined:

  
    Ext.define('MyApp.controller.Posts', {
            extend: 'Ext.app.Controller',
            views: ['posts.List', 'posts.Edit'],
            //the rest of the Controller here
            });
            

Because we told our Application about our Models and Controllers, and our Controllers about their Views, Ext JS will automatically load all of our app files for us. This means we don't have to manually add script tags into our html files whenever we add a new class, but more importantly it enables us to create a minimized build of our entire application using the Ext JS 4 SDK Tools.

For more information about writing Ext JS 4 applications, please see the application architecture guide.

Namespace: Ext.app

Base Interfaces

Fields

Name Description
appFolder The path to the directory which contains all application's classes. This path will be registered via Ext.Loader.setPath for the namespace specified in the name config. Defaults to: "app"
autoCreateViewport True to automatically load and instantiate AppName.view.Viewport before firing the launch function. Defaults to: false
controllers Names of controllers that the app uses.
enableQuickTips True to automatically set up Ext.tip.QuickTip support. Defaults to: true
name The name of your application. This will also be the namespace for your views, controllers models and stores. Don't use spaces or special characters in the name.
paths Additional load paths to add to Ext.Loader. See Ext.Loader.paths config for more details.
scope The scope to execute the launch function in. Defaults to the Application instance.

Methods

Name Description
launch(JsString) Called automatically when the page has completely loaded. This is an empty function that should be overridden by each application that needs to take action on page load.

This is a template method. a hook into the functionality of this class. Feel free to override it in child classes.

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