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NativeScript for Angular Mobile Development

By : Nathan Walker, Nathanael J. Anderson
Book Image

NativeScript for Angular Mobile Development

By: Nathan Walker, Nathanael J. Anderson

Overview of this book

NativeScript is an open source framework that is built by Progress in order to build truly native mobile apps with TypeScript, JavaScript or just Angular which is an open source framework built by Google that offers declarative templates, dependency injection, and fully featured modules to build rich applications. Angular’s versatile view handling architecture allows your views to be rendered as highly performant UI components native to iOS and Android mobile platforms. This decoupling of the view rendering layer in Angular combined with the power of native APIs with NativeScript have together created the powerful and exciting technology stack of NativeScript for Angular. This book focuses on the key concepts that you will need to know to build a NativeScript for Angular mobile app for iOS and Android. We’ll build a fun multitrack recording studio app, touching on powerful key concepts from both technologies that you may need to know when you start building an app of your own. The structure of the book takes the reader from a void to a deployed app on both the App Store and Google Play, serving as a reference guide and valuable tips/tricks handbook. By the end of this book, you’ll know majority of key concepts needed to build a successful NativeScript for Angular app.
Table of Contents (24 chapters)
Title Page
About the Authors
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback
Integration Testing with Appium

Chapter 4. A prettier view with CSS

One of the many key benefits NativeScript brings to native app development is the ability to style native view components with standard CSS. You will find great support for many common and advanced properties; however, some don't have a direct correlation, whereas others are completely unique to native view layouts.

Let's take a look at how to turn our first view into something pretty amazing with a few CSS classes. You will also learn how to utilize NativeScript's core theme to provide a consistent styling framework to build on.

In this chapter, we will be covering the following topics:

  • Using CSS to style views
  • Understanding some of the differences between typical web styling and native styling
  • Unlocking NativeScript powers with platform-specific files
  • Learning how to use the nativescript-theme-core styling framework plugin
  • Adjusting the status bar background color and text color on iOS and Android