While NativeScript can help you build cross-platform, native iOS and Android apps without web views, many organizations haven’t caught on yet. In today’s Tuesday Perspectives blog post, the Custom Software Development division of Microexcel is going to tell you more about the latest trend in single code source development of native mobile applications using NativeScript to keep your organization ahead of the game when it comes to developing your native mobile applications!
Cross platform is the strength
Designing and creating code takes time, effort, and various skills so for each platform, you really must have multiple sets of skills. Typically, the same software engineer has specialized on the delivery platform, say, Apple Devices, or possibly Android, etc. With NativeScript, you can really write one code base and then build it for iOS and Android (or either). Then when you go to tweak a code for a particular platform, it will work for both.
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Faster access to native libraries
Unlike some hybrid development environments that only support the native components of the device they choose to support, NativeScript provides out-of-the-box support for virtually all native libraries, and plug-ins to those features through simple scripted API’s.
Open source development ecosystem
As an open source platform, developers can not only get readily available help to unique problems they discover, but they can help shape the present and future of the framework. The team of NativeScript welcomes the contributions, feedback, and features from its entire global community. This means you are not tied to proprietary products, support, or services to achieve success.
So, what are some of the key features that truly sets NativeScript apart from traditional mobile application development?
- NativeScript is an open source framework for building truly cross-platform native mobile applications available on GitHub, with a strong and growing community. We have started to see more large organizations choose NativeScript as an intelligent, efficient, and improved way to make this move.
- Allows developers to create native iOS and Android apps beyond just using web views and truly code the application once with the ability to deliver across both mobile operating systems.
- Designed to give 100% access to the native platform APIs, meaning that developers can interface with the device hardware like the microphone, camera, GPS, and biometric authentication to name a few.
- NativeScript can provide near native compiled application performance using some of the embedded tools and methodologies available to the platform, including fast load times and worker threads to provide background loading of larger data objects.
Now that we’ve provided a high-level overview of why people are choosing NativeScript and its key features, what does it have to offer in terms of important architectural components that allow NativeScript to work so effectively?
- Another thing the Core Modules provide is a basic XML-based way for defining UI, data-binding, and navigation. Note that this can help you truly take a Mobile First approach when creating web applications as well. When you build a NativeScript app, the navigational features native to the target platform will have the same look and feel as native apps on that operating system.
- The NativeScript CLI (Command Line Interface) lets you create, build, and deploy NativeScript-based projects on iOS and Android devices, and is an integral part of the NativeScript Solution. Together with the CLI you get some really helpful items including:
- Application scaffolding
- Run/debug on device and simulator
- Run Unit Testing
- Build for Deployment
- A developer can leverage a myriad of plug-ins to provide added flexibility in the interaction with device native tools and features. These are the same compiled plug-ins that pure native platform developers use.
There are also some great enhancements that are committed for this year to consider:
First, the entire process for getting started as a development, along with code samples and templates, is seeing drastic improvements. It will just be that much easier to begin your journey with Native Script.
Third, the overall development and debugging environment is getting a face lift to more closely match the developer experience in more mature development environments. Even some native support, such as Vue and Visual Studio to a name a few, are familiar to environment developers that they are already using.
All of this means that the developer and application user will benefit from all the open source community’s efforts to make NativeScript mainstream and commercially viable.
Now we realize we have just begun to scratch the surface of NativeScript here and we’ve thrown a lot of information at you on what this technology can do for your organization. If you’d like more information, we do have a more in-depth, ondemand webinar, Shorten the Time Bringing Your Native Mobile Apps to Market with NativeScript, readably available for viewing that can be found here.
If you’re ready to take the next step and need consultation on how to effectively utilize NativeScript, contact Microexcel’s Custom Software Development practice at firstname.lastname@example.org.