NativeScript vs Web Starter Kit: What are the differences?
NativeScript and Web Starter Kit can be categorized as "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" tools.
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, Web Starter Kit provides the following key features:
- Multi-device responsive boilerplate
- Living component style guide
- Cross-device Synchronization
"Access to the entire native api" is the top reason why over 55 developers like NativeScript, while over 2 developers mention "Easy to use" as the leading cause for choosing Web Starter Kit.
NativeScript and Web Starter Kit are both open source tools. Web Starter Kit with 18.6K GitHub stars and 3.21K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than NativeScript with 17.2K GitHub stars and 1.27K GitHub forks.
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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.