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1.2 Building and Packaging Apps

In this lesson, you'll learn about your options for building and packaging your apps. You'll also learn about signing up as a developer to the app stores.

1.2 Building and Packaging Apps

Hello everyone, this is Reggie Dawson. Welcome to the Publishing App With Cordova Course for Tuts+. After you have developed your app with Cordova, you may want to publish it to your respective app store. But before you can do that you will need to build your app. In comparison to developing our app, preparing your app is going to be a piece of cake. When building your app with Cordova, we have multiple options. Cordova's known as a cross-platform framework, and as such, we can build from one code base for all platforms. Where we encounter our limitation Is the platforms that the various SDKs can run on. For example, iOS only runs on OS X. As a result, if we want to build our app locally and we are on a PC, we are out of luck. Notice I said locally. Fortunately, PhoneGap, a sibling framework to Cordova, offers something called PhoneGap Build. This cloud based service allows you to build you app for any of the platforms that Cordova supports. Once we have our app built, the next step is to submit your app to the desired app store. In the case of the Google Play Store and the App Store, you'll need to sign up as a developer. The cost is $25 for the Play Store and $99 for the App Store. After that, the only obstacle to your app being listed in the store is meeting the requirements of the respective app store. In this course, we will learn to package and submit our apps to their respective app store. First we will go over the configuration options available to us in a local build. These are important, as you need to know what your capabilities are when building your app. And finally, we will build our app locally. After that we will learn about PhoneGap Build and how it works. Then we will go over the PhoneGap Build versions of the config.xml file and the differences from the local version. Then we will talk about debugging tools, hydration, and finally the PhoneGap command line interface and building our app. After this course, you should be able to submit your finished app and make it available for the world to try out. In the next video, we will learn about the config.xml file.

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