Yesterday the Ionic folks released version 1.2.0. They’ve got a nice blog entry taking about the update, but I want to share the cool bits here as well. Definitely read their blog post for all the updates, but here are the ones that I think are really cool.
First and foremost is the new LiveReload feature. Previously Ionic supported automatic reloading in the browser via
ionic serve. You type – you save – and the browser reloads. Cool. But now you can do this on an actual emulator – or device. That’s right. You skip the whole part of rebuilding to the emulator. Admittedly that saves you just 30 seconds – but as soon as you start using this feature you really, really appreciate it. One caveat – it requires a device/os that supports web sockets so you can’t test this with older Androids/iOS versions. Here is an incredibly short video showing this in action.
The other cool feature is support for console logs in terminal. Now – I typically use GapDebug for everything lately, but sometimes if I just need a quick view of logs, I like having the option to see it show up in the terminal as well. I blogged about using
tail -f on the console log the Cordova CLI creates, and that’s also an option, but again, this is even simpler. Just pass a flag to the Ionic CLI and it will show up directly in the Terminal:
Note that currently console.dir doesn’t work. I mentioned this to one of the Ionic creators and he mentioned it would be added later. In the meantime, don’t forget you can simply
console.log(JSON.stringify(something)) as well.
Anyway, there’s more to 1.2.0 (including CodePen support), so definitely upgrade. What’s nice is that the CLI will actually tell you that an update is available so it is nice and obvious.