I went to see this presentation yesterday
and had the
opportunity to show the demo to 4 people who are actual Cordova users.
The presentation, from Sebastien Paul, was mainly showing simple usage
of Cordova CLI. The demo showed many things that are available in the
Cordova Eclipse plugins as well (create a project, add plugin, start ios
emulator...). The only thing he didn't have in his CLI demo compared to
the video is CordovaSim/Ripple.
He also demoed something nice: a livereload-cordova plugin (
). This is interesting because it allows to
configure the packaged application (the apk, ios, or whatever actual
package) to use livereload to check for updates of some of its
resources. So you can get livereload enabled on your actual tests
devices while developing a cordova application and see updates without
any need to repackage or redeploy the application. It's IMO a great
productivity boost. Of course, this is something people wouldn't like to
ship as part of there delivery, and is only good for development
purpose. See last paragraph for more thoughts on this topic.
Feedback on JBoss Tools Cordova was quite positive. However, no-one did
even know such tools were existing. Some Cordova users are not at all
aware of what is JBoss and never started an Eclipse, although they'd be
glad to use it for Cordova development as shown in the video. Some said
they'll show the demo to some colleagues who are used to do Android
development, and that they're pretty sure they'll start using Cordova
From this, we can deduce that:
1. Our tools really matches the current needs of users, and that's great
2. Those same tools are unknow to most of potential users. In order to
become famous, it appears we need to communicate about it in
Cordova/Phonegap specific channels (mailing-list, get retweeted by
@apachecordova and @phonegap ).
Related to the concept of having plugins in a dev-mode, we discussed the
idea of "profiles", similar to what Maven does, which would allow to
package application in different flavours: Use this plugin in dev-mode
with this set of properties (for example pointing to local IP address),
whereas production should not ship this plugin and use the production
URL... This would be an interesting feature.
That's all folks.
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