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From Jesse <>
Subject Re: Cordova strategy for Hosted Apps
Date Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:24:16 GMT
Hi Jeff,

1. Currently (out of the box) you can load the start page from the network
or the device file system.  However, you need to be aware of both CORS
issues as well as App store policies which may make this approach
un-submittable [1] . You can achieve this either by setting the <content
src=''/> in your config.xml file, or by redirecting from the index.html
that is packaged with your app.  The latter approach allows you to respond
to no-network issues, which you must do in mobile anyway.  cordova.js will
need to live with your server pages, and any plugins, and
cordova_plugins.js and all plugin files must match the versions of the
native implementation that is compiled in the app.

2. Yes, it is a great way of testing, as you can skip the whole build, and
just reload. If the app should function with/without the feature, then yes,
it should detect it.

3. Similar to what you describe in  #2, for targeting browsers generically.

2.12 Apps that are not very useful, unique, are simply web sites bundled as
Apps, or do not provide any lasting entertainment value may be rejected.



On Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 1:02 PM, Jeff Burtoft <> wrote:

> I have a tool that allows developers to take their web apps and build them
> into hosted store apps on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone (8 and 8.1) called
> the Web App Template<>.  Some of the developers
> who are using the tool would like to see it go cross platform to Android
> and iOS, so that the same config file could be used to build hosted apps
> for the play store and App store just as it is on Windows.
> I love the idea of going cross platform, and when I think cross platform,
> I think Cordova, but after looking through some of the documentation, I'm
> not sure if it's a good fit.  I'm looking for some direction on these
> questions:
> 1.       Does Cordova have "hosted apps" (where the content lives on the
> server as opposed to being packaged with the app) in its roadmap?  I
> realize you can do this today on most platforms with a redirect, but it
> seems to be more of a work around rather than a strategy.
> 2.       Does it make sense to make Cordova device APIs available to
> hosted apps?  In general these apps also must function in a browser , so
> the features would have to be implemented in a progressive enhancement
> model.
> 3.       I see a build for Browser<
>> on the Cordova website.  What
> are the plans for this build?
> Can anyone help clarify some of this?
> Thanks,
> Jeff Burtoft
> --------
> HTML5 Evangelist \\ Web Technologies
> \\ Microsoft
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