B4J Tutorial [BANano] inline php -> server code

Discussion in 'B4J Tutorials' started by alwaysbusy, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. alwaysbusy

    alwaysbusy Expert Licensed User

    Peter had a great idea for a new feature in BANano:
    I liked it! He had already written out the ground rules so we only needed a couple of mails to get on the same page. As a result BANano 1.27 has a PHP connection (we plan support for .asp(x), CGI, python, ... later).

    A note beforehand: It is always an Ajax POST command, using JSON to do the communication. This may be extended in the future.

    Some new settings one can set in AppStart:
    BANano.PHP_NAME = "myapi.php"
    BANano.PHPHost = 
    "Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *")
    A very simple example using the new CallInlinePHPWait() method. All we have to pass is the php method name, and a Map with key pairs where: the key is the parameter name and the value the parameter value.
    public Sub ButtonClicked(event As BANanoEvent)
    ' function name and params are Case Sensitive!
       Dim res As String = BANano.CallInlinePHPWait("SayHello", CreateMap("Name""BANano"))
    End Sub

    ' a simple php method which says hello!
    #if PHP
    function SayHello($Name) {
       $ret = Array("answer" => "Hello " .$Name. "!");
       echo json_encode($ret);  
    #End If
    When Building the BANano app, an extra php file will be generated. All one has to do is copy this php file to e.g. a WAMPs /www/ folder et voila: both are talking with each other :).

    An example of a generated php file:
    "Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *");
      $rest_json = file_get_contents(
      $_POST = json_decode($rest_json, 
          $request = $_POST['request'];
          $params = $_POST['params'];

      if (!function_exists($request)) die("invalid request: '" . $request . "'");

      function SayHello($Name) {
         $ret = Array("answer" => "Hello " .$Name. "!");
         echo json_encode($ret);  
      $values = array_values($params);
      call_user_func_array($request, $values);
    I personally still favour using B4J's jServer to handle all my server related things (it is really powerful and has proven to be quite a bit faster than e.g. php), but if someone needs a BANano solution that just can't affort to use a VPS, there is now an alternative.

    BANano 1.27 can be downloaded here: https://www.b4x.com/android/forum/threads/banano-progressive-web-app-library.99740

    Last edited: Jan 7, 2019
    Johan Hormaza, Don Oso, susu and 8 others like this.
  2. Kiffi

    Kiffi Well-Known Member Licensed User

    Wonderful! Thanks for the new version, Alain!

    I think Xojo and co have to prepare for hard times. :)
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  3. ShaneG30

    ShaneG30 Well-Known Member Licensed User

    Two questions:
    1: Will this eventually lead to a B4PHP?
    2: Have you considered opening a Patreon account?
  4. alwaysbusy

    alwaysbusy Expert Licensed User

    Definitely something I have been thinking about last week. I don't think the transpiling would be a problem, just how to distinguish which B4J code needs to be transpiled to Javascript, and which to PHP.

    I don't know that platform. I see it is for artists. Should it also apply to programmers?
  5. ShaneG30

    ShaneG30 Well-Known Member Licensed User

  6. OliverA

    OliverA Expert Licensed User

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  7. alwaysbusy

    alwaysbusy Expert Licensed User

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  8. Cableguy

    Cableguy Expert Licensed User

    Patreon is way beyhond being "just for artist"! Almost every youtuber, worthy of such a name, has a patreon account, as main "please keep on doing what you are doing cause you do it good!"...

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