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PhoneGap Build Watcher

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PhoneGap Build Watcher

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I love PhoneGap Build.  I love not having to have anywhere from 3 to 7 different IDE/SDK rigs to get apps that run on multiple platforms. That being said, IDEs do give something that PhoneGap Build (henceforth referred to as PGB) lacks - workflow.

My current workflow with PGB goes something like this:

  • Push changes to PGB
  • Leave PGB open in browser tab
  • Get bored
  • Wander away to other browser tabs
  • Remember that I am working on a mobile app
  • Go back and check PGB
  • See that it has updated
  • Pick up device
  • Click download link
  • Reinstall

It's not the best workflow.  Yeah, I could fix it by being more disciplined. But evidence suggests that's not going to happen. I could solve my problem with technology. PGB has an API for answering questions like "Is the Android version of my app currently built?" So I put together a little mobile app to take advantage of that API. I call it PhoneGap Build Watcher. It does what you would expect:

  • You enter your PGB credentials
  • You get a list of all of your projects
  • You choose one
  • Any time that project gets updated you get sound, vibration and notification alerts.
  • From that alert you can click on the download link and install the new version of your application.

This has really helped my workflow with PGB, and I hope some of you out there can use it to do the same.

See it in action:

It's of course Open Source and hosted on GitHub.

I've put it up on Google Play, but was unable to get it into the App Store.  I should have realized it before trying but Apple doesn't like applications that prompt you to download applications. No worries. Great thing about PhoneGap apps, they're just web apps, so I have a web app version running at http://pgbwatcher.com if any iOS users want to give it a try. 

Let me know what you think.

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