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Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Unleashed, Third Edition by Mike Snell, Lars Powers

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Running and Debugging Your App

Visual Studio works with the Cordova command-line interface (CLI) to allow you to build an application for deployment to a native device. You configure the build process to target a specific platform such as Windows, iOS, or Android, and Visual Studio and the CLI create the appropriate app package for the device. You can then run your app on a device tethered to your machine, an emulator, or a simulator. We will look these scenarios next.

Visual Studio uses MSBuild to call out to the CLI through a layer called vs-mda. These tools then deliver the appropriate Cordova package (along with your app) that the native device can execute. When developing on a Windows machine, this works great for building Windows Phone/Store ...

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