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From Kerri Shotts <>
Subject Re: Does Cordova have a problem making developers happy?
Date Tue, 14 Apr 2015 03:56:52 GMT
I had similar ideas about writing some FAQs or posts. Great minds clearly think alike, right?
;-) (I’m joking. I know my mind… so not great… Wait… that might actually be an insult
to everyone else. The only way to win is not to play! Aaaaaaaaaah! Clearly I need to go to
bed. I’ve been staring at my latest book’s chapter for way too long.)

In fact, I’ve toyed with the idea of doing some screencasts using Cordova and the various
tools I use with it (like gulp, browserify, and babeljs), and these could make some excellent
topics as well. Especially debugging, because it’s not always enough just to say “here’s
where you go to start debugging remotely”. Debugging is a skill (an art, really), so I could
see a lot from that topic alone, but geared more directly at typical debugging issues one
finds in Cordova dev. Hmm. Where to find the hours in the day? Or a clone… I could really
use a clone…

From: Raymond Camden <>
Reply: <>>
Date: April 13, 2015 at 8:18:39 PM
To: <>>
Subject:  Re: Does Cordova have a problem making developers happy?  

Like Tommy, I may steal some of these for blog posts -  

"People is having troubles connecting with the server, some of them  
> because use localhost as the url, others because they don't configure the  
> whitelist properly, others for unknow reasons"  

As for the debug one, I ask, "Do you know how to remote debug?" about  
5-10 times a week now. Sadly, now that it is so DARN easy to debug,  
folks just don't seem to know they CAN do it.  

On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 6:49 PM, tommy-carlos williams  
<> wrote:  
> If no one else has time to do something with this list by the time I get free of my current
stress-pile (say a couple weeks from now), I would love to take a crack at it. An FAQ with
not just the list, but actual solutions and examples would be a great resource.  
> Even if someone else does it, I might use it as the basis for a series of blog posts
or something. It’s such a good summary of people’s frustrations. I would probably even
have one or two to add from the #phonegap IRC channel.. :/  
> --  
> tommy-carlos williams  
> On 14 April 2015 at 08:16:56, Josh Soref ( wrote:  
> So, I want someone to make this into a FAQ, somehow.  
> I don't have time today, but it's a really great list.  
> Bonus points for getting it Stickied at the top of StackOverflow.  
> (obviously, it should include some explanation of how to correct these things,  
> and thankfully most are pretty easy to address.)  
> Some are probably asking for samples (e.g. a "how to do things slowly/choppily  
> w/ left: vs. how to use CSS transitions" -- Raymond?)  
> Julio wrote an amazing summary of Cordova Stack Overflow posts:  
>> I read most of the questions with cordova tag on stackoverflow and the  
>> questions on the google group and I see this problems.  
>> - Some people don't read the docs  
>> - Some people read the wrong docs (they use cordova 2.9.1 because it's the  
>> latest they can download, but read the edge docs and things don't work as  
>> expected)  
>> - Some people follow old tutorials instead of reading the docs and the  
>> things have changed a lot and don't work.  
>> - Some people don't need cordova but use it anyway, they just want a  
>> webview to show their website  
>> - Some people use j***** ****** (I don't want to name it either) and blame  
>> cordova for the slowness  
>> - With cordova everybody can create apps, but configuring the PATH isn't  
>> easy for most people, a lot of questions are realated to this, they didn't  
>> configure the PATH, they did it but wrong, they don't know they have to set  
>> it (see my first point)  
>> - People is still confused about the difference between phonegap, cordova  
>> and phonegap build service, I see people using phonegap CLI for local  
>> development but try to "install" the plugins putting the phonegap build  
>> plugin config line on the config.xml (again, people don't read or don't  
>> understand the docs)  
>> - People want to use eclipse (now android studio) for the development, they  
>> google and see blog post about a plugin, but that plugin is very old and  
>> uses phonegap 1.x.x (see my second point)  
>> - People is having troubles connecting with the server, some of them  
>> because use localhost as the url, others because they don't configure the  
>> whitelist properly, others for unknow reasons.  
>> - Some of them discover bugs, but instead of reporting them so it can be  
>> fixed, just ask on stackoverflow why it doesn't work.  
>> - Most people don't know how to debug, then if something doesn't work just  
>> complain.  
>> - Some people forget to link the cordova.js file, they create the project  
>> and replace the index.html with the index.html of their website.  
>> - Some people blame cordova when the problem is the webview (old android  
>> devices).  
>> About people that used cordova and are now developing in native, I bet most  
>> of them tried cordova on android 2.x.x with j***** ****** and it was slow,  
>> they read the articles about facebook and linkedin dropping html5 and  
>> switching to native and did the same, and after the effort they put on  
>> learning native development they don't wan't to go back and will tell  
>> everybody cordova is bad because it was slow when they tried it years ago.  

Raymond Camden, Developer Advocate for MobileFirst at IBM  

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