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The Extension for Visual Studio

With the extension for Visual Studio, you can add the powerful AppBuilder cloud services, device simulator and mobile app templates to the advanced code editing, refactoring and version control capabilities of the popular Microsoft IDE.

Apps created with the extension for Visual Studio are stored locally. To access and modify them from the in-browser client, the classic Windows desktop client or the command-line interface, you need to connect them with the cloud. For more information, see Collaborate Across the Offline and Cloud Tools.

Layout of the Extension for Visual Studio

  1. The AppBuilder menu lets you authenticate with and use the AppBuilder cloud services to log in, build and deploy your apps, configure code signing identities, view connected devices, synchronize your changes with the cloud, view your login information, run your apps in the device simulator and remove your app data from the cloud.
    • From Run Native Emulator, you can run your app in the native emulators which you have already configured for your system.
    • From Run <app_name> in Simulator, you can run your app in the device simulator and simulate its behavior against a range of mobile device, platforms and versions.
    • From Build <app_name> in Cloud, you can build your app for testing on physical devices.
    • From Build <app_name> and Deploy, you can build your app and deploy it on a connected device.
    • From Publish <app_name>, you can build your app for distribution to the public stores and to your private store in Telerik Platform.
    • From Connect Code with Cloud, you can make your local project available for collaboration in the AppBuilder cloud apps. After you connect your project to a cloud app, any changes you make locally are automatically applied to the cloud copy. To retrieve changes from the cloud copy, you need to reload the local project or to restart Microsoft Visual Studio.
    • From Disconnect from Cloud, you can detach your local project from its cloud copy.
    • From Get Code from Cloud, you can create a new project by cloning an existing cloud app. Your local project will be automatically connected to the cloud app and all changes made locally will be applied to the cloud. To retrieve changes from the cloud copy, you need to reload the local project or to restart Microsoft Visual Studio.
    • From Synchronize <app_name> with Cloud, you can synchronize your latest changes with the cloud to be able to LiveSync them on devices via wireless connection. This command is available in projects which are not connected to the cloud.
    • From Remove <app_name> Data from Cloud, you can remove any app data updated to the cloud during a build process. This command is available in projects which are not connected to the cloud.
    • From Devices List, you can view all mobile devices connected to your system and recognized by AppBuilder.
    • From Manage Packages, you can switch to another Kendo UI package, manage your Telerik Verified Plugins Marketplace plugins or install Bower packages.
    • From Import Plugin, you can quickly add custom Apache Cordova plugins to your app.
    • From Get Sample, you can clone the AppBuilder sample apps locally.
    • From View Start Page, you can show the Telerik Platform Start Page.
    • From Interactive Tutorials, you can show the Interactive Tutorials side bar. From there, you can begin, continue or restart the Quick Start tutorial for hybrid development.
    • From Change Accounts, you can quickly switch to another Telerik Platform account.
    • From Options, you can create and complete certificate signing requests, create new and import existing certificates, import provisioning profiles and export cryptographic identities.
  2. From the Help menu, you can access the support resources for AppBuilder. You can quickly look for advice in the forums and the blogs, browse the documentation, suggest a feature or submit a support request. You can check for available updates and download and install them.
  3. The Solution Explorer lists your app resources.
    You can add custom plugins, configure the app properties, replace the default icons and splash screens and add, edit or remove app files, including the Info.plist, AndroidManifest.xml and config.xml configuration files.
  4. In the Output pane, you can review the AppBuilder log.
    The log shows information about your current AppBuilder session, including authentication and build details. You can view output from the simulator and any connected devices.
  5. From the notification area in Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 and above, you can view Telerik Platform notifications. To receive the latest news for the Telerik Platform, click the bell icon.

Limitations of the AppBuilder Extension for Visual Studio

  • You cannot use the AppBuilderĀ Kendo UI Designer, included in the classic Windows desktop client and the in-browser client, for designing the user interface of your Kendo UI hybrid applications.
  • You cannot use the AppBuilder built-in version control and storage cloud services.

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