Upgrading Your Hybrid Apps To Native With NativeScript

As someone who has developed both hybrid web applications and native applications, I understand the differences and advantages each brings to the table.  While I agree that you can do some pretty neat things with a hybrid web application built with frameworks like Ionic, I no longer think it is as great of a solution as it once was.

With hybrid web frameworks like Ionic 2 and native mobile frameworks like NativeScript both using Angular 2, you have to step back and ask yourself what you’re truly getting as an advantage as of now in hybrid.  Performance is one of many reasons why native still makes more sense, and being able to use Angular 2, why wouldn’t you?

This is why I spent a lot of time creating an upgrade guide to demonstrate how to take your hybrid mobile application built with Ionic 2 and Angular 2 to native with NativeScript and Angular 2.

In the guide Upgrading Hybrid Apps to Native with NativeScript, you get all the details on the differences between hybrid web applications and native mobile applications and how to migrate to the latter.

Hybrid to Native

This lengthy migration guide walks you through all the important steps with code as well as pictures so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into.  Using a database in Ionic 2, but not sure how to do the same in NativeScript?  No problem.  Angular 2 and CSS animations feel laggy in Ionic 2?  They won’t be in NativeScript.

Head over to hybridtonative.com to check out the guide.  If you’re a fanboy of either technologies, hold your comments until finishing the guide.  It was designed to educate and help everyone to become better developers regardless of their preference.

Nic Raboy

Nic is a skilled application developer who has released several native and hybrid mobile applications to iTunes and Google Play. He writes about his development experiences related to making web and mobile app development easier to understand and has experience in Android, Node.js, Apache Cordova, Java, NoSQL, SQL, GoLang, NativeScript, and Unity3D.

  • dianikol

    that’s amazing what you document there, kudos!! I hope you’ll make a beginners course on nativescript soon

    • I already have a beginners NativeScript course for vanilla NativeScript. A beginners Angular 2 with NativeScript course will be coming soon.

      • dianikol

        Yes i forgot to mention a Nativescript + angular 2! That’s cool! I can’t wait!

        Thank you for your wrk

  • Awesome work, Nic! Very helpful for anyone trying to making the switch.

    One thing NativeScript lacks is the ability to easily add features to a list, such as pull-to-refresh, infinite scroll, swipe to action. I know that it can be accomplished with RadListView component, but the docs are extremely confusing for beginners and no one seems to care about this subject when it comes to make tutorials. These tasks are almost mandatory to any mobile app and that’s why Ionic 2 still shines here.

    It would be awesome if you update the page with examples of RadListView in comparision with the Ionic way. This will make a HUGE difference for anyone trying to switch from hybrid to native approach.

  • a n onymous

    What about Google’s push for Progressive Web Apps?

    Might NativeScript be a step backwards in this respect?
    For hybrid, at least Ionic (v2) has minimal support for PWA,
    and according to recent ionic blog posts, it looks like that is going
    to be an area of focus for them.

    While both hybrid and NativeScript seem lacking, at least Ionic is
    trying to support PWA.

    The best (for simplicity) would probably be having to just support one
    code base, and so go full PWA starting with a website, not ionic or nativescript.

    Chris Love makes a pretty good case for PWA in the Comments section
    of a recent dotnetrocks podcast about PWA.
    http://www.dotnetrocks.com/?show=1381

    • In my opinion PWA is nothing more than a Google thing. Is it useful? Probably. Will it get better? Probably. Is it the future of development? Absolutely not.

      The problem with hybrid apps, and yes this will carry over to PWA as well, is performance. While we can’t have the best of all worlds, we have to choose what is best for our needs. I use Angular 2. With Angular 2 I can build web applications and native mobile applications with NativeScript. It accomplishes my need. If I was a React developer I would have chosen React Native.

      The thing is, with Angular 2 offering me web and native mobile, what exactly is Ionic offering me? PWA is not enough of a selling factor for me.

      My 2 cents.