NativeScript vs UIkIt: What are the differences?
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.