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ES6 vs NativeScript: What are the differences?

Developers describe ES6 as "The next version of JavaScript". Goals for ECMAScript 2015 include providing better support for large applications, library creation, and for use of ECMAScript as a compilation target for other languages. Some of its major enhancements include modules, class declarations, lexical block scoping, iterators and generators, promises for asynchronous programming, destructuring patterns, and proper tail calls. On the other hand, NativeScript is detailed as "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.

ES6 and NativeScript are primarily classified as "Languages" and "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" tools respectively.

"ES6 code is shorter than traditional JS" is the top reason why over 98 developers like ES6, while over 55 developers mention "Access to the entire native api" as the leading cause for choosing NativeScript.

NativeScript is an open source tool with 17.2K GitHub stars and 1.28K GitHub forks. Here's a link to NativeScript's open source repository on GitHub.

Slack, StackShare, and ebay are some of the popular companies that use ES6, whereas NativeScript is used by Work Box, Zege Technologies, and GeekyAnts. ES6 has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1462 company stacks & 1728 developers stacks; compared to NativeScript, which is listed in 9 company stacks and 26 developer stacks.

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What is ES6?

Goals for ECMAScript 2015 include providing better support for large applications, library creation, and for use of ECMAScript as a compilation target for other languages. Some of its major enhancements include modules, class declarations, lexical block scoping, iterators and generators, promises for asynchronous programming, destructuring patterns, and proper tail calls.

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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      It adds syntactic sugar inspired by Ruby, Python and Haskell in an effort to enhance JavaScript's brevity and readability. Specific additional features include list comprehension and de-structuring assignment.
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      Decisions about ES6 and NativeScript
      Nick Parsons
      Nick Parsons
      Director of Developer Marketing at Stream · | 33 upvotes · 228.4K views
      atStreamStream
      Go
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      Stream
      Stream
      Python
      Python
      Yarn
      Yarn
      Babel
      Babel
      Node.js
      Node.js
      ES6
      ES6
      JavaScript
      JavaScript
      #FrameworksFullStack
      #Languages

      Winds 2.0 is an open source Podcast/RSS reader developed by Stream with a core goal to enable a wide range of developers to contribute.

      We chose JavaScript because nearly every developer knows or can, at the very least, read JavaScript. With ES6 and Node.js v10.x.x, it’s become a very capable language. Async/Await is powerful and easy to use (Async/Await vs Promises). Babel allows us to experiment with next-generation JavaScript (features that are not in the official JavaScript spec yet). Yarn allows us to consistently install packages quickly (and is filled with tons of new tricks)

      We’re using JavaScript for everything – both front and backend. Most of our team is experienced with Go and Python, so Node was not an obvious choice for this app.

      Sure... there will be haters who refuse to acknowledge that there is anything remotely positive about JavaScript (there are even rants on Hacker News about Node.js); however, without writing completely in JavaScript, we would not have seen the results we did.

      #FrameworksFullStack #Languages

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      Jake Stein
      Jake Stein
      CEO at Stitch · | 15 upvotes · 77K views
      atStitchStitch
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      JavaScript
      CoffeeScript
      CoffeeScript
      React
      React
      AngularJS
      AngularJS

      Stitch’s frontend is used to configure data sources and destinations and monitor the status of each. Although we have been using AngularJS since its early days, we recently introduced React components into our front end, which many of our developers find easier to work with. We started using CoffeeScript when it was one of the few options for a more expressive alternative to vanilla JavaScript, but today we opt to instead write new code in ES6, which we feel is a more mature alternative.

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      leonardo silveira
      leonardo silveira
      Software Engineer at Casa Magalhães · | 2 upvotes · 33K 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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      Antonio Kobashikawa
      Antonio Kobashikawa
      Web developer | Blogger | Freelancer at Rulo Kobashikawa · | 5 upvotes · 47.5K views
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      JavaScript
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      Ionic
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      Vue.js
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      MongoDB
      ExpressJS
      ExpressJS
      Node.js
      Node.js

      We are using Node.js and ExpressJS to build a REST services that is middleware of a legacy system. MongoDB as database. Vue.js helps us to make rapid UI to test use cases. Frontend is build for mobile with Ionic . We like using JavaScript and ES6 .

      I think next step could be to use Koa but I am not sure.

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      Johnny Bell
      Johnny Bell
      Senior Software Engineer at StackShare · | 9 upvotes · 116.9K views
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      GraphQL
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      React
      jQuery
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      #Hooks🎣
      #Context

      We are always building new features and replacing old code at StackShare. Lately we have been building out new features for the frontend, and removing a lot of old jQuery code (sorry jQuery but it's time to go).

      We've mainly been using React, ES6 and JavaScript on the frontend to build out the components, and we've been slowly removing some legacy MobX and using GraphQL and Apollo for our state management, if we need to control state further than GraphQL and Apollo allows us to we use just plain React with #context , or the new fancy React #hooks🎣 .

      As we've moved towards the above tech, its really made smashing out new features and updating legacy code super fast, and really fun!

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      Hampton Catlin
      Hampton Catlin
      VP of Engineering at Rent The Runway · | 9 upvotes · 12.3K views
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      TypeScript
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      We use JavaScript because it's the standard for web development, especially with browser execution. And, over the years, some smart work by the W3C has taken Javascript from the most-hated-language to the okay-I-can-make-that-good. No small feat!

      Obviously, using ES6 and TypeScript is what makes it decent in browser contexts. Throw in a bit of React and now we're cooking with gas!

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      Socket.IO
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      I have always been interested in building a real-time multiplayer game engine that could be massively scalable, and recently I decided to start working on a MMO version of the classic "snake" game. I wanted the entire #Stack to be based on ES6 JavaScript so for the #Backend I chose to use FeathersJS with MongoDB for game/user data storage, Redis for distributed mutex and pub/sub, and Socket.IO for real-time communication. For the #Frontend I used React with Redux.js, the FeathersJS client as well as HTML5 canvas to render the view.

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      Tom Klein
      Tom Klein
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      PostgreSQL
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      Our most used programming languages are JavaScript / Node.js for it's lightweight and fast use, PHP because everyone knows it, HTML5 because you can't live without it and Sass to write great CSS. Occasionally, we use nginx as a web server and proxy, React for our UX, PostgreSQL as fast relational database, Ubuntu as server OS, ES6 and TypeScript for Node, Google Compute Engine for our infrastructure, and Socket.IO and Electron for specific use cases. We also use Python for some of our backends.

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      Osamah Aldoaiss
      Osamah Aldoaiss
      UI Engineer | Maker at Triad Apparel Inc. · | 6 upvotes · 12.7K views
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      Gatsby has been at the core of our Shop system since day one. It gives its User the power to create fast and performant sites out-of-the-box. You barely have to do anything to get great Lighthouse results. And it all runs on ES6 JavaScript.

      The power of SSR React and then hydrating it client-side to add interactivity and App-like feel is what makes Gatsby powerful.

      It comes with a ton of plugins, that are mind-boggling: Image Processing, GraphQL, Node.js, and so much more. This is thanks to a great ecosystem, a great user-base and the revolutionary Community work, which led to the Gatsby repo to be one of the most committed to, out there.

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      Pedro Arnal Puente
      Pedro Arnal Puente
      CTO at La Cupula Music SL · | 8 upvotes · 13.2K views
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      We are phasing out jQuery and jQuery UI in favour or Vue.js and @Vue-cli so we can support building a modern, well-architectured frontend.

      The JavaScript build pipeline is supported by Webpack , and includes tools like ESLint and Babel , so we can properly support the latest ES/JS versions, with ES6 as the minimum baseline.

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      Ali Soueidan
      Ali Soueidan
      Creative Web Developer at Ali Soueidan · | 16 upvotes · 93.2K views
      npm
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      Babel
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      PHP
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      Adobe Illustrator
      Adobe Illustrator
      Asana
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      ES6
      ES6
      GitHub
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      JSON
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      Sass
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      Pug
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      vuex
      vuex
      Vue.js
      Vue.js

      Application and Data: Since my personal website ( https://alisoueidan.com ) is a SPA I've chosen to use Vue.js, as a framework to create it. After a short skeptical phase I immediately felt in love with the single file component concept! I also used vuex for state management, which makes working with several components, which are communicating with each other even more fun and convenient to use. Of course, using Vue requires using JavaScript as well, since it is the basis of it.

      For markup and style, I used Pug and Sass, since they’re the perfect match to me. I love the clean and strict syntax of both of them and even more that their structure is almost similar. Also, both of them come with an expanded functionality such as mixins, loops and so on related to their “siblings” (HTML and CSS). Both of them require nesting and prevent untidy code, which can be a huge advantage when working in teams. I used JSON to store data (since the data quantity on my website is moderate) – JSON works also good in combo with Pug, using for loops, based on the JSON Objects for example.

      To send my contact form I used PHP, since sending emails using PHP is still relatively convenient, simple and easy done.

      DevOps: Of course, I used Git to do my version management (which I even do in smaller projects like my website just have an additional backup of my code). On top of that I used GitHub since it now supports private repository for free accounts (which I am using for my own). I use Babel to use ES6 functionality such as arrow functions and so on, and still don’t losing cross browser compatibility.

      Side note: I used npm for package management. 🎉

      *Business Tools: * I use Asana to organize my project. This is a big advantage to me, even if I work alone, since “private” projects can get interrupted for some time. By using Asana I still know (even after month of not touching a project) what I’ve done, on which task I was at last working on and what still is to do. Working in Teams (for enterprise I’d take on Jira instead) of course Asana is a Tool which I really love to use as well. All the graphics on my website are SVG which I have created with Adobe Illustrator and adjusted within the SVG code or by using JavaScript or CSS (SASS).

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      Reviews of ES6 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 ES6 and NativeScript
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      Kurzor, s.r.o. uses ES6ES6

      We started using CoffeeScript years ago, so the switch to ES6 is quite natural in our team. ES6 of course advances the JS standard to a level of an advanced language. We are using it today simply because it: 1. helps to keep the code shorter, 2. integrates easily with JSX, 3. helps to deal with immutable using const.

      Avatar of Jake Taylor
      Jake Taylor uses ES6ES6

      ES6 is a new-ish, modern form of JavaScript that adds in extra functionality that make code cleaner and easier to work with, such as arrow functions, const and let declarations, array helper methods, object/array destructuring etc.

      Avatar of Ryan VanBelkum
      Ryan VanBelkum uses ES6ES6

      ES6 (ES2015) is a huge improvement to the javascript spec. These additions are heavily leveraged in React development, such as spread operators, fat arrow functions, and classes.

      Avatar of Ataccama
      Ataccama uses ES6ES6

      ES6 brings some sweet features to the language. Our favourites are lambda-expressions, block-scoped consts and lets and Promises.

      Avatar of Mick Dekkers
      Mick Dekkers uses ES6ES6

      ES6/ES2015+ makes JavaScript a pleasure to write. Arrow functions, template literals and ES modules especially. RIP CoffeeScript.

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