Quick Tip: Install a specific Git Repository Branch/SHA Hash with Bower

The other day I had to hotfix ngQuill, a nice angular.js wrapper for the quill.js editor. A variable with an initial value prevented Copy & Paste events in our project and I couldn’t wait to get my pull request merged into the original github repository as we had to release a working version.

As a workaround I tried to do a bower install with the latest commit (or SHA hash) of my forked repository. As my fork is not published on bower, I used the entire URL to install the bower package and ended up with the following error:

bower ENORESTARGET URL sources can't resolve targets

The Fix: https:// VS. git://

Try to replace the prefix “https:” and instead use “git:” for the repository and it will work.

Branch works with git://

bower install 'git://github.com/Cordobo/ngQuill#develop' --save

SHA Hash works with git://

bower install 'git://github.com/Cordobo/ngQuill#2f33302' --save

Both won’t work with https://

bower install 'https://github.com/Cordobo/ngQuill#develop' --save
bower install 'https://github.com/Cordobo/ngQuill#2f33302' --save

If you used the --save-flag, your bower.json file has a new entry similar to this one:

"ngQuill": "git://github.com/Cordobo/ngQuill#2f33302"

If you know why it works with the prefix git and not with https, let me know in the comments.

Quick Tip: Release iOS 7 Apps with Xcode 8

Xcode 8 with iOS 7
Build iOS 7 Apps with Xcode 8

If you (like me) wanted all the new bells and whistles in Xcode 8 and realized too late, that the latest officially supported iOS Version of Xcode 8 is iOS 8 and you need support for the iPhone 4 or iPad mini (both run on iOS 7) in one app, here are the good news: You don’t have to go back to Xcode 7 – we built and released a working App for iOS 7 with Xcode 8.

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Cordova Plugin for iOS 10 camera permission description

Update 22.09.2017:
Update 1.2.0 of the cordova camera permissions plugin ships support for NSPhotoLibraryAddUsageDescription in iOS 11

In my last blog post I wrote about the iOS 10 camera permission a.k.a. iOS 10 NSCameraUsageDescription Permission issue, we encountered during the development of our Ionic/Cordova App.

To further automate the npm-based build process, I wrote a simple cordova plugin, which can be installed with the cordova plugin installation routine.

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Fix Ionic/Cordova App iOS 10 NSCameraUsageDescription Permission

Update 22.09.2017: I wrote a plugin for cordova/ionic which simplifies the process: iOS 10/11 camera permission description plugin

I just wanted to share this little finding with you, which I encountered today trying to upload our App update for iOS 10 of “zingoo Partner App” to Testflight. The app got rejected from Testflight because of a missing NSCameraUsageDescription.

Read on for an easy three step solution:

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