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NativeScript vs Polymer: What are the differences?

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.

What is Polymer? A new library built on top of Web Components, designed to leverage the evolving web platform on modern browsers. Polymer is a new type of library for the web, designed to leverage the existing browser infrastructure to provide the encapsulation and extendability currently only available in JS libraries. Polymer is based on a set of future technologies, including Shadow DOM, Custom Elements and Model Driven Views. Currently these technologies are implemented as polyfills or shims, but as browsers adopt these features natively, the platform code that drives Polymer evacipates, leaving only the value-adds.

NativeScript and Polymer are primarily classified as "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" and "Front-End Frameworks" tools respectively.

"Access to the entire native api" is the top reason why over 55 developers like NativeScript, while over 48 developers mention "Web components" as the leading cause for choosing Polymer.

NativeScript and Polymer are both open source tools. Polymer with 21.1K GitHub stars and 2K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than NativeScript with 17.1K GitHub stars and 1.26K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Polymer has a broader approval, being mentioned in 41 company stacks & 30 developers stacks; compared to NativeScript, which is listed in 10 company stacks and 23 developer stacks.

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.

What is Polymer?

Polymer is a new type of library for the web, designed to leverage the existing browser infrastructure to provide the encapsulation and extendability currently only available in JS libraries. Polymer is based on a set of future technologies, including Shadow DOM, Custom Elements and Model Driven Views. Currently these technologies are implemented as polyfills or shims, but as browsers adopt these features natively, the platform code that drives Polymer evacipates, leaving only the value-adds.
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        What are some alternatives to NativeScript and Polymer?
        React Native
        React Native enables you to build world-class application experiences on native platforms using a consistent developer experience based on JavaScript and React. The focus of React Native is on developer efficiency across all the platforms you care about - learn once, write anywhere. Facebook uses React Native in multiple production apps and will continue investing in React Native.
        Ionic
        Free and open source, Ionic offers a library of mobile and desktop-optimized HTML, CSS and JS components for building highly interactive apps. Use with Angular, React, Vue, or plain JavaScript.
        Xamarin
        Xamarin鈥檚 Mono-based products enable .NET developers to use their existing code, libraries and tools (including Visual Studio*), as well as skills in .NET and the C# programming language, to create mobile applications for the industry鈥檚 most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
        React
        Lots of people use React as the V in MVC. Since React makes no assumptions about the rest of your technology stack, it's easy to try it out on a small feature in an existing project.
        Apache Cordova
        Apache Cordova is a set of device APIs that allow a mobile app developer to access native device function such as the camera or accelerometer from JavaScript. Combined with a UI framework such as jQuery Mobile or Dojo Mobile or Sencha Touch, this allows a smartphone app to be developed with just HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
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        Decisions about NativeScript and Polymer
        leonardo silveira
        leonardo silveira
        Software Engineer at Casa Magalh茫es | 2 upvotes 26.2K 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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        Reviews of NativeScript and Polymer
        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 NativeScript and Polymer
        Avatar of Ana Phi Sancho
        Ana Phi Sancho uses PolymerPolymer

        In process of Learning Technics- Studing to know more. I was introduced in a Google event.

        Polymer is another Google offering that focuses on Web Components, an up-and-coming collection of technologies that provide web developers with the ability to create customer HTML elements.

        Avatar of Badge List
        Badge List uses PolymerPolymer

        Polymer is super future-focused and really great to build in. The biggest plus for us is how its component-focused approach keeps things modular and maintainable. It also makes it really easy to implement material design.

        Avatar of Arvind Iyer
        Arvind Iyer uses PolymerPolymer

        Built a material design simple todo app with a firebase backend

        Avatar of Ralic Lo
        Ralic Lo uses PolymerPolymer

        Support build of application and import web component.

        Avatar of Casey Smith
        Casey Smith uses PolymerPolymer

        Componentize the front-end web client.

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