Getting Started with Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova
This article refers to the Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova, which is pre-release software. The features described are in preview and are subject to change. You can download the preview from the Microsoft Download Center.
You can use the extension to build apps for the following devices and platforms:
Android 2.3.3 and later (4.4 provides the best developer experience)
iOS 6, 7, and 8
Windows 8 and 8.1
Windows Phone 8 and 8.1
The version of Cordova installed with Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova in CTP3 is 4.0.0.
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 Windows, the Android emulator, attached Android devices, iOS devices and emulators, and the Apache Ripple emulator.
The sample apps show how to create a task list using different frameworks (AngularJS, WinJS, and Backbone) that work with Cordova. The app allows users to create new tasks, check them off, and remove them. The app uses Microsoft Azure Mobile Services to store data, and also uses Bing Maps to provide valid addresses.