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Tools for Apache Cordova Version 1.0.0 Released

The toolset that allows Visual Studio developers to work natively with the popular Cordova mobile app framework finally makes it out of development, and becomes an open source project on Github.

The Visual Studio Engineering Team has announce a version 1.0 of its Tools for Apache Cordova, a.k.a. TACO, which is the toolset that allows Visual Studio developers to work natively with the popular mobile app framework. Tools for Apache Cordova has been in the works for a little over a year.

"TACO CLI is 100% Cordova CLI compatible," said Subhag Oak, Senior Program Manager with Visual Studio Client Platform Tools, in a blog post. "If you know how to use Cordova CLI, you already know how to use us!"

The work of creating working environments for Cordova versions when using TACO can be difficult on an initial project. As noted in the TACO CLI documentation, "Getting the right versions of plugins and platforms is often a delicate balancing act." So the team has created Kits, which is set up like a laundry list of platform, build tool, and plug-in versions that work well together. Two versions are available currently, for Cordova 5.1.1 and 5.2.0.

Making sure that third-party tools are installed properly is also another key challenge, so the team also offers help with software dependencies via a quick "taco install-reqs" command followed by the target platform you're installing to. For Android and iOS, the command installs the necessary packages, but for Windows, developers only need to have at least Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition installed.

Oak also said that the project is being open sourced on Github, to help spur further development.

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