Tutorial 2: Sencha Weather App – add 2 tab panels

In the first tutorial we created a simple Sencha Touch application using the Sencha CMS tools.This gave us a sample working application to explore.  Now we will update this, removing what is not necessary all the while keeping with the MVC pattern.


  1. Create 2 tab panels
  2. One which is eveualtyy show the weather report.
  3. The second for a ‘settings’ type page.

1. Create the Main view to hold the tab panels

This file is generated and updated by Sencha Cmd. You can edit this file as
needed for your application, but these edits will have to be merged by
Sencha Cmd when it performs code generation tasks such as generating new
models, controllers or views and when running "sencha app upgrade".

Ideally changes to this file would be limited and most work would be done
in other places (such as Controllers). If Sencha Cmd cannot merge your
changes and its generated code, it will produce a "merge conflict" that you
will need to resolve manually.

// DO NOT DELETE - this directive is required for Sencha Cmd packages to work.
//@require @packageOverrides

    'Ext': 'touch/src',
    'WeatherApp': 'app'

    name: 'WeatherApp',

    requires: [

    views: [

    icon: {
        '57': 'resources/icons/Icon.png',
        '72': 'resources/icons/Icon~ipad.png',
        '114': 'resources/icons/Icon@2x.png',
        '144': 'resources/icons/Icon~ipad@2x.png'

    isIconPrecomposed: true,

    startupImage: {
        '320x460': 'resources/startup/320x460.jpg',
        '640x920': 'resources/startup/640x920.png',
        '768x1004': 'resources/startup/768x1004.png',
        '748x1024': 'resources/startup/748x1024.png',
        '1536x2008': 'resources/startup/1536x2008.png',
        '1496x2048': 'resources/startup/1496x2048.png'

    launch: function() {
        // Destroy the #appLoadingIndicator element

        // Initialize the main view


See the highlighted lines above for the changes.
Create the main view file – app/view/Main.js

Ext.define('WeatherApp.view.Main', {


                xtype: 'weather'

This view extends the Sencha Touch component, the Tab Panel. Take note of:

  • xtype: this is a shortcut we will use to refer to this Main view. Note that we have already referenced the ‘main’ xtype in our app.js above.
  • The config parameter: This is the configuration for the Panel Component – importantly not the individual panels.
    A huge amount of configuration options exist. Refer the the Sencha Touch API and the Sencha Touch Examples that are downloaded with the Sencha Touch SDK.
  • Components often have required config parameters that must be set.  The above are the minimum required for the Ext.tab.panel component.

Step 2: Create A view for the About Tab panel

See Items in the app/view/Main.js – theses will be an array of the tabs themselves. If I have 3 items there we would have 3 tab panels.

Our second tab item is referenced by an xtype ‘about’. Think of an xtype as a shortcut to the About view.  We’ll start with that as it’s simpler than the Weather view 🙂

Firstly we have the views already added out our app.js. Lines 30 – 33 above. Good times.

We’ll need to create a view file – app/view/About.js

We’ll keep it simple for now and just have some text.

Ext.define('WeatherApp.view.About', {
    extend: 'Ext.Container',
    xtype: 'about',

    /* Configure the tab here */
    config: {
        title: 'About',
        iconCls: 'settings',

        /* Create a title bar for the tab panel */
        items: {
            docked: 'top',
            xtype: 'titlebar',
            title: 'About'

    /*contents of tab */
    html: 'The about page'

so whats happening here? Notice the following:
This view extends Ext.container component – this is a general component. Fine if you just want to add some text like we have here.
Xtype is ‘about’. We are giving this component a shortcut name called ‘about’. The Main view pulls in this view via this xtype.
More config for the Ext.tab.panel.
Items again for the panel, this time using a built in xtype for a titlebar component.
Again the the Sencha API is your best bet for figuring out about these little have very powerful configuration components.
Ignore the other config for now. The are default parameters to be cover in a latter tutorial (I hope).

Step 3: Create a View for the Weather Tab panel

Create a app/view/Weather.js view for the ‘Weather’ xtype referenced from your Main view.

Ext.define('WeatherApp.view.Weather', {

    /* Configure the tab here */
        title:'Weather', //title on the tab button
        iconCls:'locate', //icon on the tab button

        disableSelection: true,

        /* attach this list component to the weather store */

        /* create a title bar for the tab panel */


        items: [
                docked: 'top',
                id: 'mainToolbar',
                cls: '',
                items: [

                    { xtype: 'spacer' },
                        xtype: 'button',
                        cls: 'refreshWeather',
                        iconCls: 'refresh',
                        id: 'refreshWeather'


        /* markup for the data returned from the store */
            '<div class="">',
            '<h2>{name}, {[values.sys.country]}</h2>',
            '<p>Time: {[this.timeFormat(new Date())]}</p>',
            '<p>Weather: {[values.weather[0].description]}</p>',
            '<img src="' + WeatherApp.app.openweatherimages + '{[values.weather[0].icon]}"/>',

            '<p>Temperature: {[values.main.temp]} ℃</p>',
            '<p>Humidity: {[values.main.humidity]} %</p>',
            '<p>Min Temp: {[values.main.temp_min]} ℃</p>',
            '<p>Max Temp: {[values.main.temp_max]} ℃</p>',
                timeFormat:function (date) {

                    var days = ['Mon', 'Tues', 'Wed', 'Thurs', 'Fri', 'Sat', 'Sun'];
                    var newDate = date;

                    return days[newDate.getDay() - 1] + " "
                            + newDate.getHours() + ":"
                            + newDate.getMinutes() + ":"
                            + newDate.getSeconds();

    initialize:function () {


Suddenly it’s become a lot more complicated.

Points of interest that we spoken about already

Again this view extends a component, a new component called List. Can you imagine what that does?

  • xtype is ‘Weather’. This component is included in the Main.js view via this xtype
  • Config parameter for configuring this tab
  • An Items parameter that has something to do with a toolbar at the top of the View

New stuff:

  • A store called Weather
  • The list component
  • itemTpls

We’ll cover all this in the next tutorial.

Code here:

You can clone to the branch and browse to the app to see the two tabs in action.


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