The App Frontend
The frontend of an app is concerned mainly with data display and user interaction. Frontend code:
- Always runs in a web browser.
- Gets access to the data in an iModel by making requests on a backend.
The following app configurations are supported:
See the app architecture overview for more on app structure.
See best practices for writing frontend code and using ECSQL efficiently.
An app's frontend always implements its own frontend script and resources.
An app's frontend will often depend on npm packages to help implement its GUI.
An app's frontend script requires the
@bentley/imodeljs-frontend npm package.
The common packages will also be required.
These packages provide the following functions that a frontend requires:
- Login and obtain AccessTokens
- Open a "connection" to an iModel
- Adminstration via the IModelApp class
- Localization of strings and user interface
- Writing Tools for handling events from users
- Communicating with the Backend via an RpcInterface
- Displaying Views of iModels
- Executing ECSQL queries on iModels
- Storing Settings for Applications, Projects, and iModels.
- Implementing Plugins
- Building Modules
Note: The quality of the web browser's WebGL implementation has a big impact on display performance.
- Chrome (recommended for development)
- Internet Explorer
Last Updated: 10 April, 2019