Any traditional web developer that transitions into the mobile arena will quickly learn that many of the common development tools they take for granted in the web world – are inaccessible on mobile phones. Even someone extremely familiar in the mobile space will need to debug their code on an actual device. No single tool or debugging technique will solve all your debugging needs. Just like traditional web development, a mobile developer needs to rely an entire arsenal of testing tools. Some mobile friendly debugging techniques we commonly use:
While these options are great, they lack the convenience of debugging directly in your development environment. Recently, Adobe released a great tool for mobile web app development: Adobe Shadow. Shadow bridges the gap between a traditional web development environment and the mobile space. (Shadow has since matured into Adobe Edge Inspect.)
Check out Webmonkey‘s article detailing how Adobe Shadow simplifies mobile web testing.
For detailed directions check-out the Adobe Labs site here. While Shadow will ease the pain of mobile testing and development by providing a familiar environment to web developers, there are still a few notable setbacks:
For further reading on Adobe Shadow check out these articles and links:
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