If it weren't for Sean Larkin, you might have never heard of webpack. His contributions and involvement in the bundler community have helped bring webpack into the Angular CLI and also make it a primary go-to bundler for many things. We greatly appreciate his efforts and kindness in the community.
Let's take a look at how webpack can be utilized to reduce the packaged size of our NativeScript for Angular app in addition to ensuring that it executes optimally on a user's mobile device.
Let's first install the plugin:
npm install nativescript-dev-webpack --save-dev
This automatically creates a
webpack.config.js file (at root of project) preconfigured with a basic setup that will get you reasonably further with most apps. Additionally, it creates a
tsconfig.aot.json file (also at root of project) since NativeScript's webpack usage will use Angular's AoT compiler while bundling. It also adds some nifty npm scripts to our
package.json to help...