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Advanced Command Creation (How to make non-action type commands)

If you just want to add a button that triggers a specific function you should probably consider the Playlist Commands Helper which is designed to expedite simple command creation. However, if you need to create a command that isn't so simple you'll need to do it without the playlist commands helper. The first thing you'll need to do is create a hollow PlaylistCommandsBuilder that we'll make into the command or commands you want.

  /* C++, create a hollow sbIPlaylistCommandsBuilder */
  nsresult rv;
  nsCOMPtr<sbiplaylistcommandsbuilder> newCommand =

  // set the id of the newly created playlist command
  rv = newCommand->Init("my-super-awesome-command");

  /* Javascript, create a hollow sbIPlaylistCommandsBuilder */
  const PlaylistCommandsBuilder = new Components.
                "sbIPlaylistCommandsBuilder", "init");

  // create and set the id of the new holllow command
  var newCommand = new PlaylistCommandsBuilder("my-super-awesome-command");

Once we've got a hollow command object, we can start specializing it by adding one or more of the command types. For example, if we wanted to create a new submenu we would need to append a submenu command type to newCommand

  /* C++, add a submenu */
            (SBVoidString(), // a submenu id if we wanted this submenu to go into one, but we don't
             NS_LITERAL_STRING('my-submenu'), // an id for the submenu itself
             NS_LITERAL_STRING('Submenu For Stuff'), // a user-facing label
             NS_LITERAL_STRING('Tooltips are unused')) // an unused tooltip

  /* Javascript, add a submenu */
            (null, // a submenu id if we wanted this submenu to go into one, but we don't
             'my-submenu', // an id for the submenu itself, the parent command
             'Submenu For Stuff', // a user-facing label
             'Tooltips are unused') // an unused tooltip

Each command object can support multiple commands within itself, and you can control where commands appear relative to one another using insert*Before and insert*After. With this command created, the next step is to register it to a medialist or medialists. See the Playlist Commands Manager section for more information.

developer_center/recipe_book/extensions_and_core/playlist_buttons_aka_playlist_commands/advanced_command_creation_how_to_make_non-action_type_commands.txt · Last modified: 2013/12/28 09:43 by geekshadow