What is NativeScript?
- Not long after it was released in March 2015, it got 3000 stars on GitHub and more than 1,500 Twitter followers.
- More than 700 plugins on the market today.
- The company that created NativeScript, Progress, was called a “visionary” in the Gartner Magic Quadrant.
- Now that we know all about NativeScript let’s take a closer look at what is included in the newest release.
What’s in it?
NativeScript 6.0 includes the following improvements and capabilities:
- You will now be able to build Android apps 30% faster, and the startup time for iOS has decreased by 10%.
- Some new layouts have been introduced, including TabView that give you the power to create more complex layouts without having to write as much code.
- All NativeScript apps will now be fully integrated with the webpack module bundler. This makes sure that the proper file size is chosen for any given architecture.
- A better-streamlined store approval process offers a faster time to market.
- Angular 8 and the Ivy renderer are now included.
A mobile app development company will usually have to decide between using NativeScript or Ionic. With this in mind, here are some of the differences between these two frameworks.
NativeScript vs. Ionic
Having said this, Ionic is a good framework in its own right. It offers excellent performance across all major platforms and allows a developer to use Angular, which is also evident in Ionic 2 and 3. The downside is that it uses WebViews to create the interface and depends on plugins to access the hardware of the device. Ultimately, the choice will depend on the type of app you are trying to create, the requirements, and the end-users.
Give NativeScript 6.0 a Try
If you are a plugin author, it is vital to verify that your product is compatible with Webpack and AndroidX. This will eliminate any obstacles in the transitioning your existing users of your plugin. If you require some assistance, NativeScript offers some examples of plugins that have already made a successful transition to the newest version. So, you can see how they did it.
The important thing to remember is that this new release is the culmination of a year and a half worth of work and NativeScript’s tireless crusade to make Webpack a household name. Users will have a couple of weeks to give NativeScript a try and send feedback about what they think. However, give all the hype and excitement that can be seen on the NativeScript website and developer communities, it is pretty safe to say that it will be a big hit. This is a truly significant development, and it is worth taking the time to give the newest version of NativeScript a try.