The Tabris.js Developer App
The Tabris.js developer apps are the easiest way to start developing mobile apps without using a build service or local build. They are available for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play respectively. Simply follow the links below or search for “Tabris.js” in the store on your mobile device.
After launching the app you should sign-in with your GitHub account (the same you use on tabrisjs.com) and switch to the Examples tab.
Try the Examples
Just tap an example and it will run within the developer app. You can go back to the examples selection by using the back button in Android or the Developer Console on either platform.
The Developer Console
While running Tabris.js scripts in the developer app, you can open a developer console by sliding from the right edge of the screen to the left. On iOS you may have to start sliding from the edge itself to open the drawer.
Here you will see messages and errors logged while running a script. You can filter the log or even share it (e.g. by email). The console also lets you go back to the developer app, or reload the script instantly.
Play with the Scratchpad
On tabrisjs.com, click My Scratchpad on the left. Here you will find a simple, editable Tabris.js script. You can run this script immediately (no need to save) in the Tabris.js Developer App by going to the My Scripts tab and selecting My Scratchpad. By default the scratchpad contains the “Hello World” example explained below.
The Tabris.js Snippets
On the tabrisjs.com snippets page you can find a code snippet for nearly every feature in Tabris.js. You can run a snippet immediately on your device by clicking the link button next to it…
… and then select it from the My Scripts list of the developer app. You may have to refresh the list by swiping down on Android or by switching tabs on iOS.
If you like to play with the snippet, simply copy and paste it to the scratchpad and run it from there.
That’s it. Now you may want to have a look at the rest of the documentation and the Tabris.js snippets. When you are ready to build, read Build your app.
Run your app
You can test your app on an Android or iOS device (real or emulated) if the following preconditions are met:
- you have the developer app installed on the device
- you are logged in with your GitHub account
- your device is connected to the same network as your development machine
After setting up your Tabris.js project, navigate to its directory and type
hs to start the http-server. Keep it running as long as you test the application.
In the URL tab of the developer app, enter:
Now tap Connect to run the app:
Each time the your app is started, the sources are downloaded to the device. While this happens you will see a blank screen. Once you’ve built the app, this delay will be gone, because the sources are then bundled with the app.
If the URL of your developer machine is stable, you can also use the My Scripts page on tabrisjs.com to add it permanently to the My Scripts tab.