I'm not sure when these tasks have been introduced but I just installed Ionic 1.0.0 beta 4 and after running the
ionic command I saw three new tasks that you can run:
serve - Start a local development server for easy app development and testing login - Login to the Ionic Platform upload - Upload an Ionic project to the Ionic Platform (requires login)
I really appreciate the
serve task that make running a development server a bit easier than running
python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8000 from inside the
www folder of the project.
Now you just run
ionic serve from the root of the project and your default browser will open with the application loaded in it. It will also run a a live reload server, so when you change the files in your project the browser window will reload with the changes.
This should improve your development cycle without having to set up any of this on your own.
The other two task are related to the upcoming Ionic Platform.