In this article I explain what a Connection Profile is and how to add them and manage them in the IDE.
To develop applications for multiple platforms (Win64, OS X, iOS, etc) and being the IDE a Win32 application, you need to tell the IDE which machine you are going to use for deploying, running and debugging your application. You will need to install PAServer on the machine you want to use, so the IDE can interact with them, copy binaries, fetch information, run the app, etc.
You can get more information about PAServer, on this link.
To add a new connection profile, you have several ways:
- Using the Profile Manager in Tools | Options
- If you don’t have any connection profile, but you try to run an app for a platform that requires it, the IDE will ask you to create one when it’s needed
- Editing the platform properties, you can add one from that dialog
- Or when adding SDKs to the IDE (to be seen on the next article), you can add a new profile
The information for a profile is quite straightforward:
- Name to identify that profile
- The platform (OS) of the machine you want to use for deployment and running
- Host name, is the IP address or network name for that machine. You can use the ‘i’ command on PAServer to get the list of IP addresses you can use
- Port number
- Password, if you set a password when running PAServer
- Default, to set this profile as the default one for the specified platform
You can also test the profile connection directly from the wizard, or in the Profile Manager, to ensure the connection is working.
To remove or to edit a profile, you can only do it on the Profile Manager.
And you can also export and import profiles, to XML files you can share with other team mates, so they can use them to connect to those machines.
Check this video to get an overview on how to manage Connection Profiles in the IDE: