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  • Alexander Ziskind
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or: How I learned to stop worrying and love writing NativeScript apps from scratch

Our baby is all grown up and s/he wants to write nativescript apps without using the template! How does our baby do that and where does s/he start? Read on…

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  • Alexander Ziskind

NativeScript supported TypeScript since the early days. However, it is not until recently that the CLI-centric development experience allowed a smooth transition into TypeScript development of your mobile apps. Several clunky attempts have been made to introduce TypeScript into the NativeScript CLI story, but they were headache prone. This post will show you how much easier it is now to work with TypeScript by converting the basic Hello World template project into it’s TypeScript equivalent.

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  • Alexander Ziskind

Version 1.3 of NativeScript introduced the much anticipated animations API and taking it out for a spin was exciting. Just as everything else NativeScript tries to do, animation has to expose a single common JavaScript API and work on all supported platforms including iOS and Android.

Two methods are provided for animating views out of the box (the “2” in the title), and a third method is an additional plugin that provides the missing Spring type of animation in iOS (the “plus 1” in the title). This post describes how these methods were used to simulate the menu animation found in the Yelp app.

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  • Alexander Ziskind

Let’s face it, deploying to a device just to have the ability to debug your NativeScript app is so 4 months ago. I just wanted to write a quick entry on debugging a NativeScript app while running it on the iOS simulator. So hopefully searching for how to debug a NativeScript app on the simulator, or a combination of those words will help someone out next time they need help, as I did.

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  • Alexander Ziskind
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A navigation pattern for mobile apps that is still pretty hot at the time of this writing is a side drawer that playfully slides out like the one in the Telerik NEXT app. Or a navigation page that gets revealed as main content slides out of the way, like the Facebook and Spotify apps. This allows many more options to be shown than would fit on a tab bar.

Since this UI element is not available out of the box yet, I decided to take a stab at building one. This post will show you how I’ve done it.

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