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From Michal Mocny <mmo...@chromium.org>
Subject Re: Make cordova platform add ios work on Windows
Date Tue, 04 Feb 2014 14:27:36 GMT
With the app-harness, you actually can test on iOS from windows, so this is
becoming a use case.  So long as the pre-packaged native plugins running on
the app-harness match version requirements for your app, you won't need to
build the native bits locally.

All we need is to serve web assets from your development machine to the AH,
and the easiest way to make sure we serve the right assets is to use the
platform targeted prepare step.  If for no other reason, than just to make
sure we serve the right cordova_plugins.js (though Braden will know what
other platform bits the AH consumes, at some point it was using the app's
cordova.js and plugins' js-modules, but I think it changed to used the AH
bundled versions).

-Michal


On Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 12:50 PM, Jesse <purplecabbage@gmail.com> wrote:

> Personally, I would not expect a multi-platform team to even checkin the
> platforms folder.
>
> Addressing Axel's use case: It would only require a few commands to be
> ready to build an iOS Cordova project:
> npm install -g cordova
> cordova create ~/HelloCordova
> cd ~/HelloCordova
> cordova platform add ios
>
> As an alternative, the phonegap-cli [1] allows actual building of iOS
> targets from Windows, by using the phonegap-build service. Or you could
> just use the PhoneGap build site directly. You would need to setup an
> account either way,
>
> My reason for creating the issue CB-5963 was NOT to enable the
> functionality Baz referred to with CB-5706, but to provide an easy way to
> test plugins in WP7/8 and Windows8.  I will/am changing the functionality a
> bit in the nodejs scripts because it doesn't make sense to platform add ios
> on windows because you won't be able to run the tests anyway.
>
> My plan is that the node script for testing mobile spec will only platform
> add whatever platform is specified in the arguments.
> ie.
> node createmobilespec.js --platform wp8
> and possibly in the future, allow the testing of specific plugins, from
> specific locations, using a specific cordova, and a specific platform
> location.
>
> This really is all I have to say on the CB-5706 subject, if you still want
> to do it, then go ahead. However, if it is a significant change, and I
> think I'll have to support the added code in wp8/windows8, then I will be
> very strict in accepting pull requests as I work on these projects every
> day. You may want to choose a less controversial issue to work on.
>
> [1] https://github.com/phonegap/phonegap-cli
> [2] https://build.phonegap.com/
>
>
> @purplecabbage
> risingj.com
>
>
> On Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 8:09 AM, Andrew Grieve <agrieve@chromium.org>
> wrote:
>
> > Converting the scripts to node is exactly what we'd need to do to have
> them
> > work on Win, I think. We can just remove the call to check_reqs made from
> > create().
> >
> > A use-case I can see for this is PhoneGap Build / AppHarness development.
> >
> > If you'd like to work on this issue, then I think that's great!
> >
> >
> > On Sun, Feb 2, 2014 at 9:20 AM, Bas Bosman <mail@nazgul.nu> wrote:
> >
> > > I do think it's beneficial to have that option available on Windows.
> > >
> > > As far as i know Cordova strives for feature parity across all
> deployment
> > > platforms (where possible) and I don't think it's strange to extend
> that
> > > feature parity to the development platform (where possible). I agree
> that
> > > you need XCode to build, test and deploy an iOS app, but you don't need
> > it
> > > for large parts of developing the app. For that same reason I think
> that
> > > the ability to do a cordova add wp8 (not build) on a Mac for example
> > would
> > > be a good thing to have as well.
> > >
> > > The 'platform add' code currently doesn't actually use any of the
> things
> > > checked for in check_req as far as I can tell, so there is no technical
> > > reason not to do it. And we do allow a 'plugin add' to add iOS specific
> > > stuff on a Windows machine.
> > >
> > > If a group of people start developing a multi platform app using
> Cordova
> > a
> > > valid use case in my opinion would be that there is one developer who
> > does
> > > the initial setup. So adding the base platforms and plugins for the
> team
> > > to use. Currently he has to use multiple development platforms, which
> he
> > > may not have, to do so while there is a good chance he'll only be
> working
> > > on the on Mac or Windows only development parts of the app after that
> > > initial setup. Giving him the opportunity to do that all from the
> > > environment he's familiar with seems like a nice thing to have.
> > >
> > > Another reason I started looking into this is mobile-spec. There is a
> > JIRA
> > > issue (CB-5963, submitted by a core contributor) about
> > createmobilespec.sh
> > > only working on a Mac. That script wouldn't be to hard to port over to
> > > JavaScript to have it run on other platforms as well, but it also has a
> > > dependency on the platform add ios stuff. I think that having something
> > > there that works on all platforms and produces the same end result
> would
> > > be a good thing as well.
> > >
> > > And I agree with Axel, although I hadn't thought of it before, that
> > having
> > > similar create scripts across the platforms would be easier to maintain
> > > and extend Cordova wide in the future.
> > >
> > > But those are just my opinions. I didn't assign the JIRA issue to
> myself
> > > yet because I wanted to have your input first. And thank you for the
> > input
> > > so far.
> > >
> > > I see a lot of benefit for myself (and others) in this, but I won't
> start
> > > the coding and testing effort if it isn't something that's wanted by a
> > > majority of the group. :)
> > >
> > > Bas
> > >
> > > > Without wanting to say that it makes _much_ sense or is worth the
> > effort
> > > I
> > > > tried this two weeks ago because I needed the iOS app on a manager's
> > > > iPhone
> > > > but the project's iOS devs were not available. I wanted to add the
> iOS
> > > > platform, zip the platforms/ios folder and send it to another iOS
> > > > developer
> > > > (no Cordova there) to build it there.
> > > >
> > > > Maybe a deeper - low priority - goal here would be to have the same
> > node
> > > > scripts on most platforms.
> > > >  Am 02.02.2014 00:06 schrieb "Jesse" <purplecabbage@gmail.com>:
> > > >
> > > >> Bas, keep in mind that anyone can enter an issue in JIRA, it doesn't
> > > >> necessarily mean that it is valid, or thought through, it is just
a
> > > >> request.
> > > >> Andrew's comment on the issue itself points some of this out.
> > > >> It may make more sense to start with issues that have be created by
> a
> > > >> core
> > > >> contributor.
> > > >> You probably chose this issue because it was unassigned, choosing
an
> > > >> assigned bug ( but not in-progress ) may be better as well, just be
> > sure
> > > >> to
> > > >> reassign it to yourself, and mark it in-progress.
> > > >>
> > > >> @purplecabbage
> > > >> risingj.com
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> On Sat, Feb 1, 2014 at 2:46 PM, Steven Gill <stevengill97@gmail.com
> >
> > > >> wrote:
> > > >>
> > > >> > Why do we want to allow IOS create on windows? Xcode(a mac) is
a
> > > >> > requirement for development for iOS. I don't understand why this
> > > >> > functionality is needed. WP stuff needs a windows machine to
> > > >> > run/build/emulate. Hence why those commands are only available
on
> a
> > > >> windows
> > > >> > machine.
> > > >> >
> > > >> >
> > > >> > On Sat, Feb 1, 2014 at 1:05 PM, Bas Bosman <cordova@nazgul.nu>
> > wrote:
> > > >> >
> > > >> > > I've been looking into this. (JIRA CB-5706)
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > The current create and update scripts for iOS are shell
and
> Python
> > > >> > script.
> > > >> > > Both of which aren't available on Windows without jumping
> through
> > a
> > > >> lot
> > > >> > of
> > > >> > > hoops.
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > Converting the scripts to JavaScript, modeled after the
Android
> > > >> scripts,
> > > >> > > will fix the issues of not being able to run them on Windows
as
> we
> > > >> > already
> > > >> > > have a Node dependency.
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > But the bigger problem is check_reqs. That will never succeed
on
> > > >> Windows
> > > >> > > as there's no XCode there.
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > Maybe add an optional --force parameter that will allow
people
> to
> > > >> ignore
> > > >> > > the check_reqs result?
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > Before creating a JIRA issue for that I wanted to solicit
some
> > > >> opinions
> > > >> > > here. Is this a valid course of action? Are there better
> > > >> alternatives?
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > Bas
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > >
> > > >> >
> > > >>
> > > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >
>

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