Offline mode in Liferay Screens lets your apps function when connectivity is unavailable or intermittent. Even though the steady march of technology makes connections more stable and prevalent, there are still plenty of places the Internet has trouble reaching. Areas with complex terrain, including cities with large buildings, often lack stable connections. Remote areas typically don’t have connections at all. Using Screens’s offline mode in your apps gives your users flexibility in these situations.

This tutorial shows you how to use offline mode in Screenlets. For an explanation of how offline mode works, see the tutorial Architecture of Offline Mode in Liferay Screens. Offline mode’s architecture is the same on iOS and Android, although its use on these platforms differs.

Configuring Screenlets for Offline Mode

If you want to enable the offline mode in any of your screenlets, you must configure the attribute offlinePolicy. This attribute can take four possible values. For a description of these values, see the section Using Policies with Offline Mode in the offline mode architecture tutorial. Note that each Screenlet behaves a bit differently with offline mode. For specific details, see the Screenlet reference documentation.

Handling Synchronization

Under some scenarios, values stored in the local cache need to be synchronized with the portal. For that purpose you must use the SyncManager class. This class is responsible for sending the information stored in the local cache that hasn’t been sent to the portal yet.

Use the following steps to start a synchronization process:

  1. Create an instance of the SyncManager class. You must pass a CacheManager object in the constructor. You can get the current cache manager using SessionContext.currentCacheManager.

  2. Set the delegate property. This delegate object receives the events produced in the synchronization process. For more details on the delegate’s methods, see the API reference documentation for the SyncManagerDelegate class.

  3. Make sure you keep a strong reference to the SyncManager object while the process is running.

Related Topics

Architecture of Offline Mode in Liferay Screens

Using Screenlets in iOS Apps

Using Offline Mode in Android

Using Screenlets in Android Apps

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