Shopify App Bridge

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Shopify Staff
Shopify Staff
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App Bridge rollout meter : 100%

Revised Launch Date : Thursday, November 8th, 2018.


We’re excited to announce that we're launching a new way for apps and channels to be embedded directly into the Shopify admin, including Shopify mobile and POS. This new library is called Shopify App Bridge. This consolidated tooling brings together the functionality previously provided by the Embedded App SDK and the POS App SDK and makes building and testing embedded apps easier through:

  • Modern development workflows (npm, TypeScript support, and more!)

  • Support for Redux DevTools

  • More and better error reporting

  • Strict versioning using semver

 

This update is currently being rolled-out to all current consumers of the EASDK, and since it’s backwards compatible, no new work is needed to get it set-up. It’ll also be available as open source on GitHub soon as well.

The titlebar has had a much needed redesign, adding extra space for future features and separating primary actions from secondary (screenshot below).

Embedded apps using App Bridge will also be able to access a new navigation menu builder, available as a new app extension in the Partners dashboard.

These improvements will help cut down your development time and ensure your app renders consistently across platforms—desktop, mobile, and Shopify POS.

For more information, please check out the docs here.

EDIT: 
Some people have been emailing in asking about the why of these changes, specifically the change to the title bar structure. 

We're working towards a future that includes more titlebar actions, with deeper, more extensible connections into the product. Offering support, leaving reviews, and a ton of other ideas are on the table. The old title bar just didn't give enough space to offer the kind of improvements that we're working on, so it made sense to release it with App Bridge.

The only method that was removed was ShopifyApp.Modal.input, due to it's exceptionally low use (only 77 total clients). In it's place, iFrame Modals can be used,

We're always looking for feedback; post it in the forums, or email us and we can set up a call — we're happy to talk about the future of the platform and want to make sure your voice is heard.

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Excursionist
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Hi Shayne,

Is it possible that this change is causing some issues for EASDK users?

Our app was working fine until this was rolled out and now every page seems to be loaded twice. The user experience is really horrible.

Also I read other app developers are reporting issues with query parameters not being passed correctly (see https://ecommerce.shopify.com/c/shopify-apis-and-technology/t/embedded-app-modals-not-passing-query-...). Could this be related?

Regards,

Bart

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Shopify Staff
Shopify Staff
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Hey Bart,

The fix for query parameters is on the way.

I'm not seeing the "double loading" issue that you mentioned though, feel free to email support with a screencast if you're still seeing it, and we'll do our best to resolve the problem with you.

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New Member
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I am also getting the same issue and caused many uninstalls from my app.

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Shopify Partner
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I notice that as well. From my tests, it happened when clicked on buttons placed on the ShopifyApp Bar

SimplyCost - Add costs and track profit (https://apps.shopify.com/simplycost)
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Tourist
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Hi,

We are getting the double page loads too since the upgrade. As Zapfor Solutons says, it only happens on links from with the ShopifyApp Bar.

Also, I have noticed there is a deprecated warning on the EASDK page now. Is there a time frame for how long the EASDK apps will carry on working for?

Thanks

Andrew.

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Shopify Staff
Shopify Staff
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The last thing that we want to do is cause any uninstalls or negavite reviews for your apps.

That being said, we've rolled back the launch so that we can get the bugs that slipped through the cracks fixed.

Thanks for the reports, keep an eye on this thread for when we're going live again.

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Shopify Expert
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The big thing you did was cause a lot of your Plus Merchants to lose a lot of patience and money. If only you heard what I heard from YOUR customers, about this mistake. Since they called Shopify to complain, and Shopify Gurus has NO CLUE about this, they deferred that the problem must lie with Apps. 

And to boot, it continues. I am not seeing any fix for broken query string parameters to Apps processing tens of orders per minute.  

I do hope you are aware of this, and working on a fix. Thanks for bridge!!

 

 

Custom Shopify Apps built just for you! hunkybill@gmail.com http://www.resistorsoftware.com
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Shopify Staff
Shopify Staff
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Hey Dave,

Which change are you talking about specifically? If you're seeing any issues other than the missing query string parameters, either post it here or send us an email and we'll get it sorted ASAP.

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Shopify Expert
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It is a Query String parameter problem, suspiciously starting when you released Bridge. I am seeing when you gather ID's to send to Apps, you now have them styled as parameters ids[][]=123456789 which completely trashes all previous App codes. 

Sorry for confusing issues but the timing is too coincidental. And when I read complaints about Query Parameters in EASDK, well, you know... connections are made... so ya... and if you have in fact rolled back ALL aspects of Bridge, the fact is, the transfer of ID's to Apps is still pooched and causing mucho aggressive pain for merchants.

Custom Shopify Apps built just for you! hunkybill@gmail.com http://www.resistorsoftware.com
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