From the point of view of a Developer, Ionic 2 application needs to be aligned with the develop once and deploy anywhere philosophy. It should cater to the needs of all the various group of users. May it be Android, iOS or Windows users, it should be convenient for a developer to develop the application and run it as per his/her ease. This brings to something called Ionic Lab provided by Ionic Framework itself.
As in the previous article, you have seen how to install the framework. In this article, we will introduce you to how Ionic Lab looks and how it works.
What is Ionic Lab and how to enable it
We consider you must already have installed Ionic Framework in your system, if not we suggest you go ahead and install it immediately following this tutorial on Installation of Ionic Framework. So the pun is its not at all a lab but just an option within the command line in order to build an application. In the normal view when you run an Ionic application it will look something like the image provided below.
On the other hand, a simple command can take your life to a whole new level from a developers point of view.
Use the command mentioned below:-
ionic serve --lab
If you observe closely the web interface provides various options for your development and makes it an ease. This gives an ability to operate in the three different environments without any hassle and people can easily compare the performance with the same. Have a look at the animation below and it will make the purpose clear.
Thea above image makes it pretty clear how Ionic with Lab option can create wonder for any user and make development a breeze.
From the above, it must be clear for anyone starting their journey with Ionic that the Lab is a feature that provides a bird’s eye view to any developer. May it be a UX/UI guy or a developer. One can see and visualize early how certain mobile app looks and feels.
Also published on Medium.