Yes, I know it's January already, but we released a major update to Telerik AppBuilder a couple weeks ago, and I wanted to make sure you didn't miss the details! While you were sipping on eggnog and avoiding awkward family conversations, we unveiled a new paradigm of AppBuilder: the ability to develop and test apps created for the mobile web. That's not all--we have major updates for hybrid apps, as well, so read on for all the details!
As always, you should consult our release notes for even more detailed information.
Let's jump right into the most significant updates in this exciting release:
Clearly the biggest addition to this release is our new support for static mobile websites. Many of you have commented over the past year on how you love using AppBuilder for hybrid app development; since you are already essentially creating HTML5 apps, why not expand the reach into mobile web support? We agree and are pleased to offer this support today.
The vast majority of what you are familiar with in the AppBuilder services doesn't change at all! You still have access to our integrated version control capabilities, device simulator, package manager and so on. The big difference comes in the publishing step: with the beta of this feature, we are allowing you to download your site assets in a zip file, which you may then use to deploy your app. However, in an upcoming release, we are going to provide better integrated deployment solutions, so stay tuned.
We know there are those of you out there who want to stay on the bleeding edge, so we've taken it upon ourselves to start exposing the latest version of Cordova for you to use in your apps. Cordova 3.7 is brought to you as "experimental," meaning you are free to try it in your apps, with the disclaimer that we will only support the most recent, fully tested, version of Cordova and associated plugins in our Companion Apps (currently 3.5).
*.debug.* syntax for files you only want included in debug builds, and the
*.release.* syntax for release builds. Check out our docs for the full details.
We now provide full support for Android 5.0 (Lollipop) builds on our Android build servers. This means any custom plugins you are using that require the 5.0 SDKs will now build and function perfectly. We also have simulator support for Android 5.0 within our integrated device simulator.
For some time now we have provided an integrated package manager that allows you to manage your Telerik Kendo UI versions, Bower packages and Cordova plugins from the Verified Plugins Marketplace. For those of you who prefer a closer-to-the-metal approach, we now are exposing access to the
bower.json file, which allows you to manage your packages and dependencies. You can follow our docs for full instructions, but I can tell you now that it's pretty darn easy:
bower.jsonin the root of your project (verify that it complies with the Bower spec).
bower.jsonand make any changes you desire.
bower.jsonand select Install dependencies.
One can only read so much about a release before your eyes start glazing over. We have A LOT more in this release to share, so I'll revert to bullet points for easy digestion:
Finally, we have also added many additional Android and Windows Phone devices to our device simulator.
2015 is going to be a huge year for us. With the recent Progress acquisition news, we are better positioned than ever to offer you compelling solutions for your native, hybrid and mobile web development. Later this month, we plan on offering our long-awaited iOS SDK 8 build service, and beyond that you can expect regular product updates, leading up to TelerikNEXT, our conference for the Telerik developer community in May. Until then, let us know on our feedback portal what YOU want to see in AppBuilder.
Rob Lauer is a former senior manager of developer relations at Progress.
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