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AppBuilder 3.6 Release Notes

Product version: AppBuilder 3.6

Released: November 30, 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 Improved LiveSync over the air
  Improved builds for Android
NativeScript Development Develop apps with NativeScript 2.3.0 (Verified)
  Deprecated support for NativeScript 2.1.0
  Removed support for NativeScript 2.0.0
  Removed support for NativeScript 1.7.1
  Improved LiveSync over the air
  Improved builds for Android

Improved LiveSync over the air. On iOS devices, LiveSync over the air synchronizes only modified and newly created files instead of the entire app.

Announcements

  • Support for Node.js 0.12.x in the command-line interface is now deprecated. Starting with AppBuilder 3.7, support for Node.js 0.12.x will be removed and you will need to install Node.js LTS to continue working with the command-line interface.

Breaking Changes

NativeScript Development

Warning Deprecated support for NativeScript 2.1.0. You can no longer change the target NativeScript version to 2.1.0. You will still be able to develop and build existing apps that target NativeScript 2.1.0.
Support for NativeScript 2.1.0 will be removed in a future release.

Warning Removed support for NativeScript 2.0.0. You can no longer build your app against NativeScript 2.0.0. To resolve the issue, migrate to a newer supported NativeScript version.

Warning Removed support for NativeScript 1.7.1. You can no longer build your app against NativeScript 1.7.1. To resolve the issue, migrate to a newer supported NativeScript version.

Features and Updates in the In-Browser Client

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

  • Improvements to the initial loading of applications.
  • The code editor shows tips and tricks when no files are opened.

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.

  • You can debug TypeScript projects which use inline source maps.
  • Improved file handling in NativeScript projects.

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.

Features and Updates in the Companion Apps

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

  • Test apps developed with NativeScript 2.3.0 in the NativeScript developer app for iOS.
  • Test apps developed with NativeScript 2.3.0 in the NativeScript developer app for Android.
  • Added a Reset button that returns the developer app to its initial state.

Other Features and Updates

  • You can search for plugins in the Telerik Verified Plugins Marketplace by keyword.

Notable Resolved Issues

This release of AppBuilder introduces the following notable resolved issues.

Functional Area Notable Resolved Issues
General
  • You cannot LiveSync changes to Android apps if you have modified the Application identifier in the AndroidManifest.xml and config.xml files.
Frameworks
  • You cannot include a NativeScript plugin with missing platform keys.
Mobile Devices and Platforms
  • In NativeScript apps, when you have enabled identical permissions in .abproject and AndroidManifest.xml, a warning message appears on build.
  • You cannot LiveSync changes to iOS apps code signed with an in-house provisioning profile.
  • AppManager LiveSync does not work as expected for NativeScript apps running on iOS 10 devices. After you apply a AppManager LiveSync update, the app cannot reload and the following error message appears: Safari cannot open the page because it could not connect to the server.
In-Browser Client
  • When you develop Apache Cordova apps with Kendo UI, the in-browser client might become unresponsive and might need to close.
  • In Safari 10, when you build your app, the client becomes unresponsive and needs to close.
Windows Client
  • In the Progress AppManager section of the Publish wizard, the content of the Distribution Groups field is not sorted alphabetically.
Extension for Visual Studio
  • You cannot debug apps on connected iOS 10 devices.
  • When you debug NativeScript apps, disconnecting the device does not close the debugger.
  • The AppBuilder login dialog takes a long time to appear.
  • After the Microsoft Visual Studio built-in debug tools reach a breakpoint in a NativeScript app on an iOS device, the Value column of the debug tools does not show the description of the objects and the functions.
  • After the Microsoft Visual Studio built-in debug tools reach a breakpoint in an Apache Cordova app, the Value column of the debug tools does not show the description of the objects and the functions.
  • In a NativeScript project, when you navigate to the NPM tab of the Manage Packages wizard, the NPM packages list is empty and no loading indicator appears.
  • When you run the native emulator for Android from the AppBuilder menu, the extension for Visual Studio launches the emulator but the build and deployment process never starts.
  • In the Progress AppManager section of the Publish wizard, the content of the Distribution Groups field is not sorted alphabetically.
Command-Line Interface
  • The appbuilder appmanager groups command does not list Progress AppManager distribution groups alphabetically.
  • You cannot LiveSync changes to Android 7 devices over cable.
Developer and Companion Apps
  • If the NativeScript developer app is not running in the background, you cannot deploy NativeScript apps using the QR code scanner of the Platform companion app on Android devices.
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