Best way to bring in new Js libraries like DataTables and other libraries


(Daniel) #1

What is the best way for developers to upgrade libraries such as DataTables? Right now Openemr501 has outdated versions of Datatables 10.13 but the newest versions are using 10.18.

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I’m looking for the best practices to handle this. Right now LibreEHR is using an approach where there is a function called call_required_libraries(‘argument’) which has all the include files in one spot. instead of having to refactor through hundreds of files where the js/css includes are the same, you only have to make changes in one method.

Is this something that we should incorporate here as well if we haven’t already?


(Brady Miller) #2

Hi @growlingflea ,

OpenEMR has a nice mechanism that Robert built out for this. Check out this class and grep for Header::setupHeader to see examples:
openemr/Header.php at master · openemr/openemr · GitHub

And here is the config that holds the places:
openemr/config.yaml at 7d5ed2d4566ce346702e4573a432b50b677c91d1 · openemr/openemr · GitHub

Note 5.0.2 basically builds all the third party packages now and does not store them in the main codebase:
https://www.open-emr.org/wiki/index.php/Composer_and_NPM#Usage

-brady