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How/where to publish mobile part of app to IIS server?

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  • How/where to publish mobile part of app to IIS server?

    Hello! We have developed a web-based backend in Alpha and successfully uploaded it to our server that runs the App Server for IIS. We created a profile to publish directly to IIS and all works fine. Now, we have completed the mobile part of the system in Alpha/PGB but I can't seem to find any documentation on how and where to publish it to our server and what the PGB "URL for Ajax Callbacks" setting should be.

    Do we just use FTP or HTTP to put it anywhere we want on the server? Or does it need to be in a specific place, like under c:\inetpub? And then, how do we determine the correct callback URL to use? Finally, does the IIS App Server use a specific port that we need to reference in the URL? On my development machine, the URL for callbacks is "http://mymachinename:1580". I was able to find out what port the development server uses via the Alpha control panel. Not sure how to determine that in IIS or if I need to.

    Thanks in advance for any help you might be able to offer!

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    Re: How/where to publish mobile part of app to IIS server?

    There is not really any special difference as far as IIS is concerned between a pure web app. and a PhoneGap app.
    A PhoneGap app. is going to talk to IIS via HTTP also.
    Depending on your case (ie. use of PhoneGap plugins or not), you may not even need 2 separate "IIS apps" on IIS.

    Test out just to understand.
    Let's say your web app. was published to IIS and you access using:
    When you build your PhoneGap app., just put as your URL For All Ajax Callbacks (oh, and of course don't forget to have published your UX (your .a5wcmp file) while publishing your app to IIS.
    That will be your Initial UX Component.


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      Re: How/where to publish mobile part of app to IIS server?

      Jeff, thanks for your reply. I currently publish my web app to IIS and access it using In a separate project, I have the mobile app, which is a single UX control that includes a few PhoneGap plugins. I can publish it to my dev machine and upload it to PG Build, using the dev machine URL for the callbacks. Are you saying I should just merge/copy the mobile UX into the web app, publish the whole thing to IIS and change the callback URL for PhoneGap to as well? If so, does that make the size of the app installed on the mobile devices larger because of all the web app stuff in it? Never having done this before, I'm not sure how it all fits together...


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        Re: How/where to publish mobile part of app to IIS server?

        The built PhoneGapBuild application is built only with the Initial UX Component you give it.

        The PGB app makes an Ajax Callback to that specific, Published, UX Component in your IIS Server.

        The PGB UX Component talks to the published IIS UX Component. Whatever the IIS UX Component does server-side, is then sent back to the UX Component on your device. It's 2 way communication.

        I wouldn't keep that mobile UX component in a separate project... too difficult to work with regarding publishing... because you're now publishing to IIS from 2 different projects... and that's probably asking for trouble.

        Just shove it into your main project. You can copy over the PhoneGapProjects files.


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          Re: How/where to publish mobile part of app to IIS server?

          Thanks, David. I'll give that a try...


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            Re: How/where to publish mobile part of app to IIS server?

            Jeff and David, I finally got the mobile part of the app finished and merged it with my "web-side" components as you instructed. After publishing it all to IIS, it worked perfectly! I really didn't understand how PGB works in conjunction with the published files on my server until you explained it. Thanks again for clarifying that and for all of your help. I am grateful and may actually be able to get some sleep again!