I am excited to spread the message that you can now create SAP Lumira visualization extensions with SAP Web IDE! Recently we released our long-awaited VizPacker plugin for SAP Web IDE, so Lumira chart developers can use this powerful, cloud-based IDE to create cool chart extensions for Lumira. In the next few blogs, I plan to show you how you can easily create Lumira visualization extensions with this new tool. I will start with the simplest Hello World example in this blog to go through the end-to-end process.
Step 1: Sign up for an SAP HANA Cloud Platform Account to Access SAP Web IDE
If you haven’t done so, follow this great blog postSAP Web IDE – Overview by Jennifer Cha to gain free access to SAP Web IDE. If you already have access to HANA Cloud Platform (HCP), go directly to the HCP landing page: https://account.hanatrial.ondemand.com/ and click Log On. Note that Chrome browser is recommended for the following steps.
After logging on to HCP, you should see the following home page. Click on Subscriptions in the Content menu on the left hand side:
On the Details pane on the right, click on webide in the list of your subscribed HTML5 Applications:
This will take you to the page with the link to SAP Web IDE:
Click on the link, and it opens up a new browser window for SAP Web IDE. This is our new exciting development environment for creating Lumira visualization extensions:
Step 2: Add VizPacker Plugin to SAP Web IDE
The Lumira VizPacker comes to SAP Web IDE as a plug-in, so in order to use it, we have to add it first. Click on Tools -> External Plugins in the main menu, and you will see a list of available external plugins including VizPacker:
Select the vizpacker plugin, and click OK. Refresh the browser page to apply the changes, and you should now see VizPacker’s quick preview button at the top of the right toolbar.
Now you have finished setting up the development environment for VizPacker.
Step 3: Create a Visualization Extension Project
Now we are ready to create our Lumira visualization extension project. Click on File -> New -> Project from Template on the main menu:
You are now prompted with the new project wizard. Choose Visualization Extension from the list of project template, and click Next.
The wizard goes to the next step to set the project name. In our case, let’s set it to HelloWorld and click Next.
Now we are at the step to configure the visualization extension’s profile, including its name, ID, version and optional informaiton such as company, description, etc. If you are a seasoned Lumira visualization extension developer using VizPacker in the past, at this stage the configuration should ring a bell.
Click Next, and you will be brought to the Layout Configuration step. As we are creating a Hello World extension, we will be using the DIV container rather than the default SVG container. Deselect Title and Legend, as we don’t need them in this simple extension.
Click Next, and we are now taken to the Sample Data page. As our Hello World extension will not be based on any data, we are fine with the default sample data.
Click Next, and we can now setup the measure sets and dimension sets based on the sample data. As we are simply going to output a “Hello World” text in this extenion, we will simply click Next and skip this step. I will go into more details on this in my future blogs.
Click Next, and you will hit the confirmation page.
Click Finish. Now it shows the project folder structure, and we can now see the familiar render function open by default:
Step 4: Implement the HelloWorld Extension
Remove the //TODO line in the render function, and add the following lines:
container.selectAll("p").remove(); //First remove any existing <p> element container.append("p").text("Hello World!"); //Append a new <p> element with the text "Hello World"
Save the file by pressing the Save button in the toolbar, and click Refresh in the preview panel. You should now see the “Hello World” message in the preview pane.
Alternatively, you can preview your extension by selecting preview.html in the project folder structure on the left, and click Run in the toolbar. In this way, the preview will show up in a separate window.
Now we have successfully created our first Lumira visualization extension with SAP Web IDE.
Step 5: Pack the Visualization Extension and Deploy to Lumira
The next step is to package the extension and deploy to Lumira Desktop or Server. To do that, click on the Pack button on the toolbar:
You will be prompted by the success message, and the package can be found in the Downloads section of Chrome browser.
If you are going to upload the package to Lumira Server, the package can be used as is. If you would like to try out the package first in Lumira Desktop, follow the instructions below.
Extract the package, and copy the bundles folder to <YourLumiraInstallationDirectory>\Desktop\extensions. Restart Lumria Desktop for the changes to take effect.
Create a Lumira document using any dataset (as our Hello World extension does not really depend on any specific data), and choose the newly-deployed Hello World extension. Add a measure to the measure set, and you should see a “Hello World” message in the Visualize room:.
Now you have created, deployed and consumed your first visualization extension in Lumira Desktop, powered by SAP Web IDE:). Hooray!!
In the next few blogs, I will go through some more complex examples to create Lumira visualization extensions with SAP Web IDE. Stay tuned!