Cordova-supported WebSQL Database, with user-added data

In this article, we are examining another facet of the database storage, which is built into Cordova. In this article, we’ll create an empty database and allow the user to add records to the database and store them in the device. A button will delete the database. Two outputs are given, one in a text field and one in a table layout. With the text-only layout in the textfield, you can press and hold in the textfield and copy the contents to export it.

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Prepopulated Database using PhoneGap Storage API, Cordova 2.0.0

I slightly adapted the PhoneGap Cordova Storage API to show content on the screen (PG’s version only shows content in the console). Here is that code below. Just copy and paste it into a text file, name it PGStorageAPI.html, and click to display in web browser. You’ll need cordova-2.0.0.js in the same folder.

Please note that this database is created in the HTML on this page. It is not a separate database that can be lost in an upgrade or low-memory situation. Also, it is not a data-entry database where the user enters data. Just like you cannot lose an HTML page in your app, so you can’t lose the pre-populated data on this page. As you can see, this pre-populated database is ideal for highly repetitive page layouts, such as this one where the same layout information is repeated over and over. Entering the information once in the database frees one from hand-coding the HTML for each entry. Image Gallery, anyone?

(When I copied this file into a text file and renamed the ending .html, and included cordova-2.0.0.js, the page was blank. A bit of searching around found several double-quotes turned into question marks, and a mixture of curly and straight quotes and double-quotes. Once I go those fixed, the script worked fine. I guess it was the change from typing it in my Mac, pasting it in here, then copying/pasting from here into a Windows text editor. What a mess. ) Continue reading