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Getting Started with NativeScript

By : Nathanael J. Anderson
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Getting Started with NativeScript

By: Nathanael J. Anderson

Overview of this book

NativeScript allows you to build a fast cross-platform application that has a native UI. NativeScript is a true cross-platform framework that generates native speed applications using the native components of the host platform, all using JavaScript. Although NativeScript allows you to build your application in JavaScript, you have full access to the host OS from your code, allowing you to easily tweak or use new platform features instantly at native code speeds. Whether you have already developed multiple applications or zero applications, this book will help you to develop your next application in a cross-platform framework quickly, saving you a massive amount of time and money. This book concisely shows you NativeScript’s built-in framework that allows you to rapidly develop a fully-working compiled cross-platform application in just a few chapters. It starts by laying the foundation of NativeScript and working through the fundamentals to create a basic shell of the application. Moving on, you’ll see how to build a full-fledged application step by step. We’ll show you how to use plugins, and how to communicate with the native OS libraries easily so that you can customize your application as if your app was created in Java or Objective C. We then deal with the issues that arise from being cross platform and compensate for the different screen sizes, screen resolutions, and device abilities. Finally, we progress to testing and deploying your app.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Getting Started with NativeScript
About the Author
About the Reviewer

Project directory overview

By running the nativescript create crossCommunicator command in the previous chapter, it created a nice structure of files and folders for us to explore.


If the NativeScript team has replaced the default project template since this book was written, the actual source code as it existed at the time of publishing is located in the book's source code repository found at The Example_1 folder contains the entire default template when this book was written. And you can clone it to your hard drive by running the git clone command and then proceeding to follow along inside the Example_1 folder.

First, we will do a high-level overview of the different folders and their purposes and touch on any important files in those folders. Then, we will finish the overview by going into depth with the App directory, which is where you will spend pretty much all...