Adapting to Build 3088 of Intel XDK

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So, I upgraded to Intel XDK build 3088 today (from build 2893).

And I’m in the middle of building an App.

But I’m brave.

 

 

Here’s some things I learned:

  • You may have to rebuild your app. I’ll just say it. Rebuild your app. This article still works as to how (you don’t get “enoent” errors anymore – instead you can expect all new and improved errors).
  • My favourite way to install custom plug-ins no longer works. That’s OK. There’s a solution here.
  • When your build is successful – on iOS at least – the file extension is no longer included. I’m adding ‘.ipa’ manually in order to install my adhoc build to iTunes for testing on my phone / tablet.
  • When starting again, I used to like building a new project sans-Cordova, and then upgrading the app on the fly to a Cordova version (it used to be ‘cleaner’ that way, if you will). No. Not any more. Now, it is best to build a new project as a HTML5-Cordova project from the outset. Or, no “onAppReady” for you…
  • “Is Tablet” plugin is only going to work if I seek support from the developer as it turns out. There are pure JavaScript equivalents however. This one seems to be pretty effective.
  • screen-orientation plugin only works in CLI 5.1.1. Reference to solution here. Except in my testing, it no longer seems to work consistently.

If I find out any more sneaky quirks or problems, I’ll let you know. Frankly though, Intel XDK continues to march onward in the right direction. Sure it’s annoying to rebuild my project from the ground up, but from the most part that’s a copy and paste in the files system and a manual copy-and-paste of the content of js/app.js and a manual copy-and-paste of the content of index.html. And yes, I’m not wild about the RSI that I get from clicking on all those icon and splash-screen settings – but if I was less lazy I’d hack the XML direct. Or something.

 

 

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