October 22, 2015

First Take on Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova (TACO)

I installed the Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova last week to see how feasible it would be to use with an existing PhoneGap Android codebase.

I still haven't gotten to the point of publishing to Google Play yet (next post), but I thought I'd share a few of the pain points/errors I've encountered during setup and steps to resolve them:

(Note that these are specific to Android)

1) "Could not create the Java Virtual Machine" error

This is a memory issue with the JVM. The recommendation is to set your _JAVA_OPTIONS TO -Xmx512M
Full instructions

2) Error DEP10201 (No device found)

The Android emulator is a slow klunky experience. When you graduate to using your personal device to debug, you'll need to set up USB debugging. First, make sure USB debugging is enabled on your phone. On some Android phones, you first have to go to Apps..Settings..About Phone, then tap 7 times on the Build Number to enable Developer Options.
Full instructions on how to enable USB debugging on an Android phone

After enabling USB debugging on your device you will then need to install a USB driver for debugging.

So now that we're set up to test and debug on our phone, we'll look at some of the TACO nuances and the deployment process next week - hopefully with an app successfully deployed to Google Play.

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