Mobile

Firebase is a platform for developing mobile and web application that provides analytics, authentication, real-time databases, notifications, cloud messaging, crash reporting and other services for your application. In this post, I will discuss how to use the Firebase Analytics in Cordova applications for measuring app usage and user engagement. Analytics for Firebase This is a…

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I am building a hybrid mobile app with Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova that is able to make phone calls, send text message or emails, view a location on a map, etc. These are all handled with external applications (for instance use Gmail to send an email or Maps to pinpoint a location). They…

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If you work on a Apache Cordova project in Visual Studio 2013 using Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova CTP 3 or 3.1 you should know there are important breaking changes in migrating the project from Visual Studio 2013 to Visual Studio 2015. The project can be migrated, but you have to do everything manually,…

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When you create a Cordova project with Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova it generates a set of splash screens for all supported iOS (both iPhone and iPad) resolutions. These are found under res\screens\ios. There are two things to notice here: First, the names in Visual Studio are like screen-iphone-portrait.png or screen-ipad-portrait.png and in XCode…

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Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova (VSCordovaTools for short) is a great Visual Studio toolset to develop hybrid applications for multiple platforms, including Android, iOS and Windows. One of the nice things about the tool is that it installs everything you need to develop with Cordova. You don’t have to care about installing multiple components,…

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I am investigating using PhoneGap as a platform for building mobile apps for several operating systems including Android. While doing so I have ran into various issues, and this article is intended to help others avoid the same headaches (with a focus on Android). PhoneGap vs Cordova The PhoneGap installation documentation says you could install…

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