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Day61 - Building IOS Apps in VS

Building remotely on Mac from Visual Studio working

2019-04-08

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Today I finished getting the iOS build system setup. Overall I'm pretty pleased with the final setup. Crucially none of the communication over the network works unless the Mac, xcode, and Visual Studio for Mac are on the most recent version. Getting everything updated took a long time but I finally got my fiancé's mac book air updated.

Updating Mac

I needed to update and install a ton of dependencies on the Mac side, but some of that was handled for me inside Visual Studio.

Installing Mac Dependencies

After all of the dependencies were fully installed, I needed to access the UDID from my IPhone via ITunes on the Mac and setup a provisioning profile and license. Several visits to stack overflow later, and I was able to get the project building inside of Visual Studio over the network on the Mac.

Working in VS

Incidentally one of the fixes was to install the VS 2019 preview, so it was refreshing to have things working on the latest bits.

Finally, I was greeted with the default start screen and cornflower blue background of an empty monogame project.

Start Screen Cornflower Blue

I find much of this work frustrating because it always takes longer than I expect it to. It never seems to be as easy as just start up the editor and get rolling, but afterwards the development experience is much faster so I think its worth it.

Till tomorrow,
Keith