[Users] Fwd: oVirt UI plugins feature announcements

René Koch (ovido) r.koch at ovido.at
Fri Nov 8 09:32:24 UTC 2013

On Thu, 2013-11-07 at 17:24 -0500, Vojtech Szocs wrote:
> Hi guys, sharing some updates on oVirt UI plugins feature, see below for details.
> Let me know if you have any questions.
> Vojtech
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> From: "Vojtech Szocs" <vszocs at redhat.com>
> To: "engine-devel" <engine-devel at ovirt.org>
> Cc: "Einav Cohen" <ecohen at redhat.com>, "Itamar Heim" <iheim at redhat.com>
> Sent: Thursday, November 7, 2013 11:21:21 PM
> Subject: oVirt UI plugins feature announcements
> Hello everyone,
> I'd like to share some important updates on oVirt UI plugins feature.
> First of all, UI plugins wiki [1] is finally complete. API reference (application events, API functions, API options, entity types) now includes all the details and snippets of example code. I've also added section "Why load plugins via iframe element?" explaining reasons behind this design decision.
> [1] http://www.ovirt.org/Features/UIPlugins

Great! Thanks a lot for the documentation - this makes life much easier!

> You might have noticed the changes in oVirt Engine URI layout [2], these are already reflected in UI plugins wiki. For existing plugins, this means changing URLs like this:
>   /webadmin/webadmin/plugin/ExamplePlugin/start.html
> to this:
>   /ovirt-engine/webadmin/plugin/ExamplePlugin/start.html
> [2] http://gerrit.ovirt.org/#/c/20473/

Which version of oVirt uses the new URI - I assume 3.4? (and do you know
if the URI will be changed in RHEV as well)?

I think it's important to mention this change in oVirt upgrade/release
notes to let users know that they have to change the UI plugin URI. When
packaging an UI plugin it's not a problem to check the oVirt version in
a %post section and run a sed command over the JSON file...

I also have a question (not related to this topic) too:
In webadmin I select e.g. a vm and click on Disks webadmin displays disk
details for this vm. When selecting another vm I can see the disk infos
for this vm (webadmin keeps me in Disks subtab which is what I would
When I click on Monitoring Details (which is a subtab created by my
monitoring UI plugin) and I select another vm webadmin doesn't show me
the content of the ui plugin subtab (Monitoring Details) but instead the
Disks subtab (always the last clicked non-ui-plugin subtab).
Didn't test in in oVirt 3.3 yet, only in oVirt 3.2 and RHEV 3.2...
Is it possible to let subtabs created by ui pugins behave in the same
way as subtabs provided by webadmin?


> We're planning to merge patch "Improve UI Plugin vs. REST API integration" [http://gerrit.ovirt.org/#/c/20404/] soon, please review the change outlined in commit message, let me know if you have any questions.
> Last but not least, oVirt Space Shooter (a.k.a UI plugins crash course) wiki [3] has been updated to reflect changes mentioned above.
> [3] http://www.ovirt.org/Tutorial/UIPlugins/CrashCourse
> Regards,
> Vojtech
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