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Implement A Barcode Scanner Using Telerik NativeScript

So you’re getting some fancy new features into your NativeScript Android and iOS application. A feature I always find to be useful is having a barcode scanner within my app. Barcodes are a convenient way to pass around information without having to type it in. With NativeScript we can easily add scanning features to our application.

We’re going to see how to create a NativeScript Android and iOS application that can scan different types of barcodes.

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Add Barcode Scanning Functionality To Your Ionic 2 App

Being able to scan a barcode is a convenient way to share bits of data. Whether you’re using QR codes to share contact information or traditional barcodes for product information, being able to scan an image is more convenient than either entering a long code or similar.

Previously I wrote about scanning barcodes using Ionic Framework 1, but with Ionic 2 being all the rage I thought it would be worth revisiting for Angular.

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Implement A Barcode Scanner Using React Native

Previously I wrote about using the device camera in your React Native mobile application. However, what if we wanted to go a step further and start scanning barcodes?

This is not a problem because the react-native-camera component we used in the last tutorial also supports barcode scanning.

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Implement A Barcode Scanner Using Ionic Framework

I recently found myself needing to scan barcodes in one of my apps. More specifically I needed to scan quick response (QR) codes. After doing some searching I found that ngCordova had an extension for the Apache Cordova plugin BarcodeScanner which has the ability to scan barcodes in the following formats:

  • QR Code
  • Data Matrix
  • UPC E
  • UPC A
  • EAN 8
  • EAN 13
  • Code 128
  • Code 39
  • ITF

Pretty much all the formats anyone would ever need. The plugin itself makes use of the very popular ZXing library.

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