Trying out iOS builds from pull requests with Angle
It’s public holidays today in Berlin and my wife is working to get some extra holidays later this year, so I decided to work on a side project that I’m developing with friends, Angle. Although we are close to have a first releaseable (if that’s a word) version, there are still some bits to be polished to make sure we provide a great user experience.
In few words, the app allows running builds associated to pull requests on a local simulator in a matter of seconds. You get a comment on your PR, and after clicking the run build button, Angle downloads the app, launches a simulator, and opens the app in it.
It doesn’t sound that amazing when described with words, but believe me, seeing the simulator and the app launching when clicking a button from GitHub is mind-blowing. Moreover, you can get a shareable link from your builds that you can share with other people.
Hey! Would you like to check out the changes that I introduced on this PR? Here’s the link to the build
The set up process is very easy:
- First, you add the project to Angle. You can do this from the macOS app. You get a token that uniquely identifies your project.
- On CI you add an extra step right after the step that compiles the app for simulator.
- That’s it! We associate the builds to a commit and aggregate Git metadata that we fetch from GitHub.
If this sounds interesting and would like to give it a try on your projects, send me an email or shoot me a DM on Twitter.
Have a wonderful and safe week!