There is a lot of interest in bringing FDC3 to the browser and enabling application interoperability for web applications without install. As a cloud service provider of FDC3, Connectifi has supported FDC3 in web out of the box from day one. As the FDC3 community contemplates web adoption, three main questions have emerged:
We’re happy to say that the answers to the above questions are ‘Yes’, ‘Yes’, and ‘Yes’ and that we’ve open sourced a project for the community that does all three whether you are using Connectifi as your FDC3 provider or anything else.
The pattern that the FDC3 Web Portal project uses is what we’re currently terming a FDC3 Provider pattern. The idea is to enable separate components to use a single, standard library for FDC3 and defer the actual FDC3 implementation to somewhere further up the chain on a given web page. A nice benefit of this pattern is that it allows micro front-ends in a single page to interact with each other locally, as well as with external applications, through the same FDC3 interface.
Applications/components import a standard FDC3 API via a single API call . The returned FDC3 interface uses postMessage to communicate with the WebAgent under the hood. It is the WebAgent which provides the FDC3 behavior local to the page and ultimately binds to the FDC3 Provider implementation. The FDC3 provider can be a Connectifi Agent, a Desktop Container Agent, or any other kind of FDC3 agent. The only requirement is that it must provide an implementation of the FDC3 API.
The open source repository is available on Github
The NPM package is published here
You can also see a live demo in action here
And if you want to learn more about FDC3 and Connectifi in general, try our FDC3 Sandbox. It is the fastest way to get started with FDC3. No installs needed and no assembly required!