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Dart vs NativeScript: What are the differences?

What is Dart? A new web programming language with libraries, a virtual machine, and tools. Dart is a cohesive, scalable platform for building apps that run on the web (where you can use Polymer) or on servers (such as with Google Cloud Platform). Use the Dart language, libraries, and tools to write anything from simple scripts to full-featured apps.

What is NativeScript? Build truly native apps with JavaScript. NativeScript enables developers to build native apps for iOS, Android and Windows Universal while sharing the application code across the platforms. When building the application UI, developers use our libraries, which abstract the differences between the native platforms.

Dart belongs to "Languages" category of the tech stack, while NativeScript can be primarily classified under "Cross-Platform Mobile Development".

Some of the features offered by Dart are:

  • Dart’s comprehensive libraries give you lots of choices
  • Compilation to JavaScript lets you deploy Dart apps now
  • Pub package manager

On the other hand, NativeScript provides the following key features:

  • 100% Access to Native Platform API
  • NativeScript is free of charge as an open source project
  • Code with JavaScript. Style with CSS

"Backed by Google" is the primary reason why developers consider Dart over the competitors, whereas "Access to the entire native api" was stated as the key factor in picking NativeScript.

NativeScript is an open source tool with 17.1K GitHub stars and 1.26K GitHub forks. Here's a link to NativeScript's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Dart has a broader approval, being mentioned in 19 company stacks & 74 developers stacks; compared to NativeScript, which is listed in 10 company stacks and 23 developer stacks.

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What is Dart?

Dart is a cohesive, scalable platform for building apps that run on the web (where you can use Polymer) or on servers (such as with Google Cloud Platform). Use the Dart language, libraries, and tools to write anything from simple scripts to full-featured apps.

What is NativeScript?

NativeScript enables developers to build native apps for iOS, Android and Windows Universal while sharing the application code across the platforms. When building the application UI, developers use our libraries, which abstract the differences between the native platforms.
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    Decisions about Dart and NativeScript
    leonardo silveira
    leonardo silveira
    Software Engineer at Casa Magalhães · | 2 upvotes · 32.5K views
    Vue.js
    Vue.js
    Apache Cordova
    Apache Cordova
    NativeScript
    NativeScript

    So, i am preparing to adopt NativeScript.

    For years my hybrid projects used Apache Cordova.

    "Let's avoid to maintain two teams and double the deliver velocity".

    It was good for a few years, we had those september issues, (i.e. apple broke some backward compatibility) , but for the last years, things seems to be losing the grip faster.

    Last breaking changes, for instance, seems to have a workaround, however that growing feeling that simple things can not rely on so fragile webviews keeps growing faster and faster.

    I've tested nativescript not only on it's "helloworld", but also on how do they respond on issues.

    I got tweed support. I opened an github issue and got answers on less than 10 hours (yes i did it on another timezone and very close to a weekend). I saw the faulty docs get corrected in two days.

    The bad news is i only can adopt nativescript on newer projects, since there is no budget to revamp the current solutions.

    The good news is i can keep coding on Vue.js , without vou router, but that's ok. I've already exchanged vanilla html for real native app with background magic enabled, the router can be easily reproduced.

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    Michael Pfaff
    Michael Pfaff
    CEO at Nucleus Development · | 3 upvotes · 8.2K views
    Java
    Java
    Dart
    Dart

    I use Dart because it is a fast, modern language with an intuitive package manager and syntax similar to Java, while less verbose (i.e. public by default, _ in front of a variable, class, etc. to be private). Dart has an excellent asynchronous syntax making asynchronous calls such as filesystem interaction or HTTP requests simple and concise.

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    Gustavo Muñoz
    Gustavo Muñoz
    Web UI Developer at Globant · | 6 upvotes · 25.8K views
    JavaScript
    JavaScript
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    Android Studio
    Android Studio
    Dart
    Dart
    React Native
    React Native
    React
    React
    Flutter
    Flutter
    #Flare

    In my modest opinion, Flutter is the future of mobile development. The framework is as important to mobile as React is to the web. And seeing that React Native does not finish taking off, I am focusing all my efforts on learning Flutter and Dart. The ecosystem is amazing. The community is crazy about Flutter. There are enough resources to learn and enjoy the framework, and the tools developed to work with it are amazing. Android Studio or Visual Studio Code has incredible plugins and Dart is a pretty straight forward and easy-to-learn language, even more, if you came from JavaScript. I admit it. I'm in love with Flutter. When you are not a designer, having a framework focused on design an pretty things is a must. And counting with tools like #flare for animations makes everything easier. It is so amazing that I wish I had a big mobile project right now at work just to use Flutter.

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    Reviews of Dart and NativeScript
    Review ofNativeScriptNativeScript

    It is using the native components to build the UI and offers the best skills reuse story. All you need to know is JS/TS and CSS. Angular 2 is also supported which leads to even more code reuse across web and mobile.This is also the best way to access the native platform APIs directly.

    Review ofNativeScriptNativeScript

    NativeScript allows you to reuse your JS skills to build Native mobile apps without any sacrifices. It takes a bit to learn about all possible features, but each time you discover a new one you can't help but get more and more excited.

    How developers use Dart and NativeScript
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    AL1L uses DartDart

    I will use Dart later to handle the payloads from Roblox and all API requests.

    Avatar of Tobe O
    Tobe O uses DartDart

    Built on Dart.

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