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From Benn Mapes <>
Subject Re: Android: Use source files instead of .jar file
Date Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:11:19 GMT
I really like having source code. On Windows Phone we have moved from a
pre-compiled .dll to just the source as well. Like Kerri said, it is very
helpful when stepping through your application and debugging any problems
you might have, as well as getting more people looking at the code and
understanding it better.

If users don't want to look at the source at all they can just treat the
cordovaLib folder like it's a .jar and not touch it.

On Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM, Joe Bowser <> wrote:

> -1
> This only caters to a minority of our users. Most of our users can't debug
> Cordova, since they can't write Java (or even Javascript) well.
> I think this will have far more things break and we'll have a huge backlash
> from our mainstream users, just like when we deprecated plugins.
> On Jun 17, 2013 12:48 PM, "Andrew Grieve" <> wrote:
> > I'd like to propose that instead of having the create script compile a
> > version of Cordova into a .jar, that instead it copies over the source
> > files instead.
> >
> > My main motivation is that doing so will make debugging native code much
> > easier since the source code will show up in Eclipse / Android Studio by
> > default instead of needing to reconfigure your project to get this to
> work.
> >
> > We did the same change on iOS a while ago (moving from a precompiled
> > framework library to just copying over source files), and I think the
> > results were quite positive. It helps users file better bug reports, and
> I
> > think also encourages them to submit bug fixes. It will also make it
> easier
> > for Plugin developers to figure out our APIs since they'll be able to
> see &
> > tweak the code.
> >
> > Agree / object?
> >

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