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AppBuilder 3.4 Release Notes

Product version: AppBuilder 3.4

Released: July 27, 2016

Major Features and Updates

This release of AppBuilder introduces the following major feature across the AppBuilder clients:

  Feature In-Browser Client Windows Client Extension for Visual Studio Command-Line Interface
Hybrid Development Develop with Apache Cordova 5.2.1 (Experimental)*
NativeScript Development Develop apps with NativeScript 2.1.0 (Verified)
  Removed support for NativeScript 1.5.2

* Hybrid Development: Develop with Apache Cordova 5.2.1 (Experimental)
When you change the target Apache Cordova version of your app to Apache Cordova 5.2.1, you will actually develop against Apache Cordova 4.2.0 for iOS, Apache Cordova 5.2.1 for Android and Apache Cordova 3.8.2 for Windows Phone.
In this version of AppBuilder, support for Apache Cordova 5.2.1 is experimental. Migrations between Apache Cordova versions have not been verified and you might experience multiple issues when working against Apache Cordova 5.2.1. For more information about how to migrate to a newer version of Apache Cordova, see Configure the Target Apache Cordova Version.
When working with Apache Cordova 5.2.1, keep in mind that you might need to modify your code due to breaking changes in the APIs.
Apache Cordova 5.2.1 will become fully supported in a future release of AppBuilder.

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Breaking Changes

Hybrid Development

Warning When you update your app to target Apache Cordova 5.2.1, you might experience multiple issues due to breaking changes in the APIs. For more information about the major changes in Apache Cordova 5.2.1, see the iOS release notes, the Android release notes and the Windows Phone 8 release notes.
In addition, make sure to check the detailed release notes for the plugins that you have enabled in your app.

NativeScript Development

Warning When you update your app to target NativeScript 2.1.0, you might experience multiple issues due to breaking changes in the APIs. For more information about the major changes in NativeScript 2.1.0, see Cross-Platform Modules Changelog, NativeScript CLI Changelog, iOS Runtime Changelog and Android Runtime Changelog.

Warning Removed support for NativeScript 1.5.2. You can no longer build your project against NativeScript 1.5.2. To resolve the issue, migrate to a newer supported NativeScript version.

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Features and Updates in the In-Browser Client

This release of AppBuilder introduces the following features and improvements in the in-browser client.

  • In the top right corner of the editor, you can see the repository branch you are currently working in.

  • AppBuilder automatically compiles valid TypeScript to JavaScript before RunBuild and RunOpen Simulator.

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Features and Updates in the Extension for Visual Studio

This release of AppBuilder introduces the following features and improvements in the extension for Visual Studio.

  • AppBuilder automatically compiles valid TypeScript to JavaScript before Build in Cloud, Build and Deploy, Run in Simulator, and Synchronize with Cloud.

  • You can debug NativeScript 2.0 or later apps on Android devices with the Microsoft Visual Studio built-in debug tools.

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Features and Updates in the Command-Line Interface and the Package for Sublime Text

This release of AppBuilder introduces the following improvements in the command-line interface and package for Sublime Text.

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Features and Updates in the Companion Apps

This release of AppBuilder introduces the following features and improvements in the Cordova developer apps.

This release of AppBuilder introduces the following features and improvements in the NativeScript developer apps.

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Notable Resolved Issues

This release of AppBuilder introduces the following notable resolved issues.

Functional Area Notable Resolved Issues
Mobile Devices and Platforms
  • Improved behavior when you are debugging NativeScript app and performing LiveSync operations simultaneously.
Extension for Visual Studio
  • On iOS devices, if you interact with your NativeScript 2.1.0 app before starting a debugging session, you will not be able to hit any breakpoints. This behavior affects the AppBuilder debug tools and the Microsoft Visual Studio debug tools.

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