As we have been talking about in the past several months and releases, we have been looking for new ways to make your mobile app development experience more complete and more productive, even as we move more toward IoT application development. With that in mind, we’d like to tell you about the new direction for Intel® XDK.
First, here are the new features in this Intel XDK update:
- Security and stability improvements from using a newer version of Node-webkit.
- A mobile app project export option for Adobe PhoneGap* Build and the Apache Cordova* CLI tools – see more below.
Now, the new direction for the Intel XDK… With the growing importance of the Internet of Things (IoT), the future of the Intel XDK will focus on support for IoT platforms. At the same time, we’re streamlining support for mobile app development by removing those features that are better handled by third-party tools that offer similar―and sometimes better―support. For example, in December 2016, we removed the Debug tab, recognizing that Chrome DevTools* (CDT*) just works better on its own.
In that light, we believe using Adobe PhoneGap* Build, or the Cordova CLI* tools directly, will give you a faster and more up-to-date developer experience than continuing to use the Intel XDK build service. So, we are announcing the phasing out (deprecation) of our cloud-based Cordova* build service for mobile apps. To give you time to setup your new tool chain, our cloud build system will continue to work as you know it for the next four months - through the end of June 2017. To help you move your mobile app projects to these other tools, we have added an export option which will give you a zip file complete with your project’s source and asset files, and an auto-generated config.xml file that can be used with either Adobe PhoneGap Build or Cordova CLI. Please refer to this article for more information on exporting projects to these tools.
Adobe PhoneGap Build is available free to users for a single mobile app project, or if your app project is open source. This may be your best option if you want to continue to use a free cloud-based build service, but please understand the free-option limitations. The folks at PhoneGap Build are aware of our plans and do want to accommodate our users as best they can. Of course, if you prefer a do-it-yourself solution, the Cordova CLI tools are there. Also, for our game development users of Scirra Construct2*, the recent Scirra announcement of a build service may be an option as well.
We understand these product changes will cause you to adjust the way you build HTML5 mobile apps. But we believe that these third-party tools will provide the right direction for your development needs and for the Intel XDK.