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NativeScript vs UIkIt: What are the differences?

Developers describe NativeScript 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. On the other hand, UIkIt is detailed as "A lightweight and modular front-end framework for developing fast and powerful web interfaces". UIkit gives you a comprehensive collection of HTML, CSS, and JS components which is simple to use, easy to customize and extendable.

NativeScript can be classified as a tool in the "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" category, while UIkIt is grouped under "Front-End Frameworks".

Some of the features offered by NativeScript are:

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

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

  • LESS - UIkit is developed in LESS to write well-structured, extendable code which is easy to maintain.
  • Components - A collection of small, responsive components using consistent and conflict-free naming conventions.
  • Customizer - UIkit's very basic style can be extended with themes and is easy to customize to create your own look.

"Access to the entire native api" is the primary reason why developers consider NativeScript over the competitors, whereas "Complete GUI" was stated as the key factor in picking UIkIt.

NativeScript and UIkIt are both open source tools. It seems that NativeScript with 17.2K GitHub stars and 1.27K forks on GitHub has more adoption than UIkIt with 14.7K GitHub stars and 2.11K GitHub forks.

AskNicely, Nedwave, and Grupo NZN are some of the popular companies that use UIkIt, whereas NativeScript is used by Work Box, Zege Technologies, and GeekyAnts. UIkIt has a broader approval, being mentioned in 45 company stacks & 9 developers stacks; compared to NativeScript, which is listed in 9 company stacks and 26 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 UIkIt?

UIkit gives you a comprehensive collection of HTML, CSS, and JS components which is simple to use, easy to customize and extendable.
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        What are some alternatives to NativeScript and UIkIt?
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        Decisions about NativeScript and UIkIt
        leonardo silveira
        leonardo silveira
        Software Engineer at Casa Magalh茫es | 2 upvotes 32.7K 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 UIkIt
        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 UIkIt
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        Giovanni Candido da Silva uses UIkItUIkIt

        Provides common user interface like dialogs, menus, etc. Is modular and hight customisable. A part from the grid system, is not used directly, but has as layer of abstraction build with web components, and typescript as far as possible with the time and working constraints, to be reused in other projects.

        Avatar of AskNicely
        AskNicely uses UIkItUIkIt

        UI Kit provides so many great features out of the box. It provides all the tools to build a rich interface with very little configuration. Many of the modules are well documented and are relevant to the common trends we are seeing on websites today.

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