Converting Your Ionic 2 Mobile App To NativeScript

By Nic Raboy

As many of you know, I had been using Apache Cordova based frameworks such as Ionic Framework for a long time.  They are convenient and easy to use when it comes to rapidly developing cross platform applications.  The problem with using Apache Cordova frameworks such as PhoneGap, Ionic Framework and Onsen UI is the performance limitations that come with them, particularly because of their use of the platform web view.

NativeScript is a mobile development platform that I recently switched to because it eliminates the performance issues that people experience with web view based frameworks.  This is because it doesn’t render your application in a web view.  Instead the application gets compiled to native code giving the same performance you’d see in an app that was developed with Objective-C or Java.

Being that I spent a long time with Ionic Framework and Ionic 2, which uses AngularJS and Angular 2, I figured it would make sense to show how easy it is to convert your application to NativeScript, which also uses Angular 2.  As an end result you’ll get a cross platform web application, built with a modern framework, that is native.

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