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  • Using npm Modules and NativeScript Plugins

    Between npm modules and NativeScript plugins, which are nothing more than npm modules with the ability to use native code and libraries, you have now have a large collection of modules and libraries that you can leverage in your NativeScript apps. In this article you'll see several examples of how to make this happen.

    By
    TJ VanToll
  • How to analyze the app package and native visual UI tree of a NativeScript application

    And what’s in there actually?

    Applications written with web means such as JavaScript and CSS are usually taken as web or hybrid. With NativeScript we enable these web means allowing you to write in your favorite language (JavaScript or TypeScript - the choice is yours) achieving great, fast-performing native apps. But, in the dawn of NativeScript and even now when it’s v1, we have been encountering non-believers who wonder “Are the NativeScript apps real native apps as they execute on the device? Or, they are hybrid after all :)”

    With this blog post I would like to reveal the truth for the non-believers by dissecting a NativeScript app at runtime and displaying what objects are actually created and executed on iOS and Android. Well, I can tell you from now - ​these objects are the native UI components of the respective platform. But if you still don’t believe me, read on.

    By
    Nikolay Diyanov
  • Demystifying NativeScript Layouts

    Learn about layouts in NativeScript and create great cross-platform UIs using a combination of XML markup and JavaScript.

    By
    Jen Looper
  • Summer of NativeScript—Join the Fun!

    Two weeks ago we kicked off the Summer of NativeScript, our program to get the development community excited about NativeScript, and adorned in some stylish NativeScript t-shirts.

    And excited you are. In the last two weeks we've seen well over a dozen meetups scheduled spanning seven countries and five continents. (I'm looking at you Asia and Antarctica).

    By
    TJ VanToll
  • Take your selfie with NativeScript and its cross-platform camera API

    The camera sensor finds its place in more and more scenarios today. It’s not really just about taking the popular selfies or photos with friends, but also about serious business scenarios.

    Today, I would like to introduce you to the cross-platform Camera API and demonstrate how you can effortlessly take photos with both Android and iOS devices using a single shared JavaScript code base.

    By
    Nikolay Diyanov
  • Introducing the Summer of NativeScript

    Summer is a great time to get excited about building apps with NativeScript. Why this summer? Because if you run a NativeScript meetup in July, August, or September and let us know about it, we'll send you a NativeScript t-shirt and a pack of NativeScript stickers.

    By
    TJ VanToll
  • Use native iOS static libraries and JS modules from npm with latest 1.1 release

    NativeScript 1.1 bits are live and you can start using them immediately! If you are updating from 1.0 - please read the update instructions. With this release we delivered three new fundamental featurenpms for the NativeScript framework - support for npmmodules, support for native iOS libraries and the initial version of NativeScript plugins. We also delivered a number of enhancements and bug fixes to the core framework - NativeScript is now more stable and faster.

    By
    Valio Stoychev
  • NativeScript supports Android “M” preview

    If you follow closely the mobile space I’m sure you’ve heard the news coming from Google I/O conference. There is a new version of their popular mobile Android OS. With this preview version, codenamed “M”, they are shipping some really nice enhancements. You can download the latest SDKs here. In this sample app we are using the new fingerprits authentication APIs in NativeScript.

    By
    Lyubomir Blagoev
  • NativeScript app sample running on Android Wear

    One of the frequently asked questions is if it is possible to use your JavaScript skills with NativeScript and implement an app for wearable devices. The answer to this is Yes you can and in this blog post we will show you how to build an app that runs on the Android Wear devices. 

    By
    Lyubomir Blagoev
  • Calcu{N}ator - the NativeScript Calculator

    I’ve built a little calculator to mimic the calculator app that ships with iOS and thought I’d share the techniques I’ve used. Even though implementing a calculator is a pretty trivial task in itself, doing so is a good way to learn some concepts about a new technology. NativeScript is a fairly new technology that offers many extensibility points. By building a calculator in NativeScript you will learn these concepts and how these features work together.

    By
    Alexander Ziskind

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