With the release of Visual Studio 2017 RC this week, we’re introducing you to the latest and greatest release of the Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova (TACO). In this release, we’re tackling the big problems – the issues we know you face every day as mobile developers. They fall into two major themes:
- Fast, reliable builds. The new Visual Studio Installer, combined with offline installation of a fully validated toolchain of 3rd party components, provides for faster builds that are also easier to troubleshoot and fix.
- Incredible edit-debug speed. A new browser-based simulator enables you to code fast and see the results immediately in the browser. Live reload, plugin simulation and support for Ionic Framework give VS the fastest developer workflow on the market.
When we talk with Cordova developers, by far the most common issues are around environment setup and building applications. This makes sense, because building is what Cordova is all about – i.e. building a native application using the native target platform SDKs. Our data indicate that 26% of developers using TACO encounter an error during their first build due mostly to issues with NPM and network firewalls. In this release, we set out to fix that.
A fast install that just works
via the fine folks at Microsoft