The Pain area while creating Hybrid Mobile Apps is building to multiple Platforms. I’m NOT saying it’s too difficult, also, it’s not simple process. How it will be if you have a tool which does this BUILD process automated for different platforms? Super Cool… Isn’t it!
It’s Adobe PhoneGap Build tool! Adobe offers this as a CLOUD service, where you don’t need to install any Software on your PC/MAC. Great, Thanks to Adobe for making this. Personally, i love this 🙂
How to use this Adobe PhoneGap Build?
Now, visit the PhoneGap Build URL – https://build.phonegap.com/. Register yourself. You have FREE and also PAID plans and it totally depends on your needs. If you are OSS developer, then FREE plan should be fine.
Once you logged in, you may have to click on + new app
It allows you to pull the code from GIT repo. It can be a Public or Private repo. To build Private repo’s you may have to pay for it and maximum number of Apps you can create is 25(with single login)!
I have pushed a demo app to Git to test this PhoneGap Build and if you wish to try out, you can use it. It’s https://github.com/roopeshreddy/PhoneGapAppDemo/
Once you have entered your .git URL, you can click on pull from .git repository. This will fetch the source files from Git and make it ready for BUILD.
NOTE: You can also upload zipped folder instead of .git repo!
Now, it will be ready to create BUILD. You can edit the name of the application, enable debugging etc.,
Once all the options are set, click on Ready to Build which will create respective installer files for different platforms!
Aaah, we are ready with installer files for different Platforms. Just click on the platform icons to download the respective installer file.
As of now, Adobe PhoneGap Build supports following platforms –
- Windows Phone
- HP WebOS
NOTE: As per the Official blog of Adobe PhoneGap, they are depreciating BlackBerry, HP Web OS and Symbian Platforms. you can ready more about it here – Phone Gap Platform depreciations
Happy Mobile App Development!