Communication with external applications

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Integration with third-party systems


In some cases you might want to start a process in Resco Mobile CRM app, but continue in a third-party application. For this, you need to be able to

  • Send data from Resco app to the third-party app
  • Receive reply (data) from third-party app and process it in Resco app.

We support this kind of inter-application communication via URL schemes. The third-party application also has to support URL schemes to use this kind of data exchange.

We are using Offline HTML with JavaScript to accept the answer from the third-party application. It also requires that you use UI replacement or home screen replacement in the app (using the global function handleLaunch(parameter)).

See also:

Example of the URL scheme

To open a specific record in Resco Mobile CRM app from other external application, it is possible to use this URL scheme link:

mobilecrm://open?{entity_logicalname};{entity_id}

Where {entity_logicalname} represents the entity name (case sensitive) and {entity_id} represents the GUID of the record itself.

An alternative URL for Android (which works from e.g. email apps) is:

http://resco.net/schemes/mobilecrm?{entity_logicalname};{entity_id}
Note The record that the URL scheme is pointing to must be available in Mobile CRM app’s offline database.

Custom URL scheme

If you're using Resco CRM server as your CRM server, you can set a custom URL/URI scheme in the Admin Console.

Emailing links

URL schemes are also used to send a mail message linking to a particular record from the app to other users. Recipients can use the link to start Resco Mobile CRM and immediately display the linked record.

Configuring in Woodford

You must add the command for sending links to your form or view (or both).

  1. Edit an app project in Woodford.
  2. Select an entity, then click Show UI to display the list of views, forms, and charts.
  3. Add to forms:
    • Double-click a form to open the form designer.
    • Click Edit to display the list of available form commands.
    • Add EmailLink to the Selected Commands pane, then click Save & Close twice.
  4. Add to views:
    • Double-click a view to open the form designer.
    • Click Buttons to display the list of available row buttons.
    • Add EmailLink to the Selected Commands pane, then click Save & Close twice.
  5. Publish your project.

Sending out the link

Depending on your Woodford configuration, you have two options how to send out a link:

  • On your view, use the row button e-mail a link. If you have too many row buttons defined, you must first tap action and then select e-mail a link from a list of available actions. See Buttons for more information about buttons.
  • On your form, use the Email a link.png button in the top right corner. If you have too many form commands defined, you can select the action from the hamburger menu.

In either case, an email message is generated with three versions of the link, one for each environment:

  • Web link for use in a web browser (https://build.rescocrm.com/...; experimental)
  • iOS/Windows link (mobilecrm://open?...)
  • Android link (http://resco.net/schemes/mobilecrm?...)

Configuration of Android devices

On Android devices, you can configure what should happen when a link is clicked. Go to Settings > Apps & Notifications > Default Apps > Opening links. Tap the name of a Resco mobile app, for example MobileCrm.

  • Under Supported links, you should see resco.net.
  • Under Open supported links, verify that the option Open in this app or Ask every time is selected.

Caveats

  • In case of the iOS/Windows link (starting with "mobilecrm"), many email applications perform overzealous sanitizing and strip the hyperlink. In this case, recipients receive just plain text, but not a link.
    • The default iOS email app displays the link correctly, but the Outlook app or Gmail does not.
    • As a workaround, recipients can copy the text and paste it into a web browser, then select a Resco app to open the link.
  • The Android link may look like a classic HTTP link, however, it simply redirects you to Resco.net webpage when opened in a web browser. On Android devices the link works correctly, assuming the device is properly configured as described in the previous section.