May 3, 2015
Microsoft has announced that with Visual Studio 2015 – Apache Cordova tools will be integrated within the main install bundle. Using Apache Cordova Tools for Visual Studio you will be able to develop cross-platform mobile applications using single codebase for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
What’s new in Apache Cordova Tools for VS2015-RC
- Grunt, Gulp, Bower and Node-based Workflows – Starting with the RC release, it’s also much easier for you to build Cordova apps using tools familiar to many web developers.
- New Templates from Ionic and Onsen UI – Ionic and Onsen UI templates are provided as optional to enable developers to try out the new frameworks. Each framework provides a variety of starting points to suit the most common project types.
- Fresh Samples, Tutorials and Documentation
Read more from Visual Studio team blog on Apache Cordova Tools for Visual Studio 2015 RC
If you are using Visual Studio 2013, then you will have to rely on Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova CTP3.1 (Add On) to enable cross platform mobile development using Visual Studio 2013 Update 4.
This preview release for Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 and Visual Studio 2015 RC supports building apps for the following device targets:
- Android 4+
- iOS 6, iOS 7, iOS 8
- Windows 8.0 and Windows 8.1 Store
- Windows Phone 8.0 and Windows Phone 8.1
Benefits of using Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova:
When you develop apps using Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova, Visual Studio provides these benefits:
Easy installation. Manual installation of Cordova involves a lot of work to find, install, and maintain the correct version of all the third-party software required to support native platforms. Visual Studio handles all that for you by including a third-party dependency installer that gets you up and running in the first hour.
Unified debugging experience. Cross-platform development often requires a different tool for debugging each device, emulator, or simulator. Different tools mean different workflows and lost productivity every time you switch devices. With Visual Studio, you can use the same world-class debugging tools for all deployment targets, including iOS devices and emulators, Android devices and emulators, Windows, and the Apache Ripple emulator.
Command line interoperability. The Visual Studio solution directly reflects the file system and is updated in real time. This means that it is easier than ever to use your favorite command line tool with Visual Studio.
Multi-Version Cordova support. The Visual Studio solution allows you to select different versions of Cordova at the project level.
Quoting from MSDN Article – Getting Started with Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova
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Google Android Developer team has released version 1.0 of new IDE for developing Android apps. The new IDE is based on popular IntelliJIDEA platform(Community Edition) and Google Android is moving away from Eclipse based IDE for developing Android Mobile Apps.
Developers who willing to develop Android mobile apps should try the new IDE, and for existing developers Eclipse IDE based ADT plugin would be available for some time. Going forward Android Team would freeze releasing updates for ADT Plugin.
Android Studio 1.0 offers following features:
- Flexible Gradle-based build system
- Build variants and multiple
apk file generation
- Code templates to help you build common app features
- Rich layout editor with support for drag and drop theme editing
- Lint tools to catch performance, usability, version compatibility, and other problems
- ProGuard and app-signing capabilities
- Built-in support for Google Cloud Platform, making it easy to integrate Google Cloud Messaging and App Engine
- And much more
You can download Android Studio 1.0 for Windows, Linux and Mac
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This is an update blog to my earlier blog about Sending Apple iOS Push notifications using C#.
With that blog – I introduced you to how to send push notification using Open Source library APNSharp, by the developer John Redth. Redth announced that library is already deprecated.
Redth came up with with another open source project called as PushSharp:,published under apache software foundation license.
PushSharp is a server-side library for sending Push Notifications to iOS (iPhone/iPad APNS), Android (C2DM and GCM – Google Cloud Message), Windows Phone, Windows 8, Amazon, Blackberry, and (soon) FirefoxOS devices!. Single library serves the purpose of sending push notifications to multiple platforms. Pretty decent isn’t it?
Here is the basic architecture:
Features of PUsHSHARP
- Supports sending push notifications for many platforms:
- Apple (APNS – iPhone, iPad, Mountain Lion)
- Android (GCM/C2DM – Phones/Tablets)
- Chrome (GCM)
- Amazon (ADM – Amazon Device Messaging)
- Windows Phone 7 / 7.5 / 8 (including FlipTile, CycleTile, and IconicTile Templates!)
- Windows 8
- Blackberry (BIS and BES via PAP)
- Firefox OS (Coming soon)
- Fluent API for constructing Notifications for each platform
- Auto Scaling of notification channels (more workers/connections are added as demand increases, and scaled down as it decreases)
Implementation using PushSharp is straight forward
Here’s some sample code: shared by Redth
//Create our push services broker
var push = new PushBroker();
//Registering the Apple Service and sending an iOS Notification
var appleCert = File.ReadAllBytes("ApnsSandboxCert.p12"));
push.RegisterAppleService(new ApplePushChannelSettings(appleCert, "pwd"));
.ForDeviceToken("DEVICE TOKEN HERE")
//Registering the GCM Service and sending an Android Notification
//Fluent construction of an Android GCM Notification
//IMPORTANT: For Android you MUST use your own RegistrationId here that gets generated within your Android app itself!
push.QueueNotification(new GcmNotification().ForDeviceRegistrationId("DEVICE REGISTRATION ID HERE")
You can get the Push Sharp for your .NET projects from below mentioned links:
Binaries from NuGet: https://www.nuget.org/packages/PushSharp
To install PushSharp, run the following command in the Package Manager Console
PM> Install-Package PushSharp
Source Code from GitHub: https://github.com/Redth/PushSharp
Documentation and Implementation Guides available at wiki page: https://github.com/Redth/PushSharp/wiki
Quick links to implementation guides
You can read my previous blogs here:
Sending Apple iOS Push notifications using C#
Apple Push Notifications Service API & C#
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