Create an engaging mobile app with NativeScript and Vue.js

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Jen Looper

Senior Developer Advocate, Progress

Ex French Teacher

Co-Founder: Wellesley Chinese Language School

Founder and CEO: Vue Vixens

Agenda

  • What is NativeScript? NativeScript-Vue?
  • How do I build a mobile app with NativeScript-Vue?
  • NativeScript-Vue IRL
  • What's the deal with code sharing nowadays?

"the state of the art"

let's talk about NativeScript

What is NativeScript?

A framework for building native cross-platform mobile apps

 

No-compromise, smoothly-animating native mobile apps for iOS and Android

NativeScript is...

You know JavaScript? You know NativeScript!

 

Use JavaScript, CSS, XML to construct the app

Nativescript plays nice!

Use no framework, Angular, or Vue.js! We even have experimental ports for Aurelia and Preact

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NativeScript-Vue.org

NativeScript-Vue 2.0

why vue for mobile?

Vue's 2.0 adoption of the virtual DOM enables native mobile rendering (Angular 2+ is similar)

Vue is lightweight so highly appropriate for mobile

Vue offers a great way for web developers to embrace mobile platforms via NativeScript or Weex

NativeScript and Vue have great code-sharing potential!

How does NativeScript work with Vue?

3 Basic differences

1. use of nativescript-vue

import Vue from 'vue';
import Vue from 'nativescript-vue';

<web>

{NativeScript}

Vue.js

NativeScript-Vue

NativeScript

3 Basic differences

2. bootstrapping the app

<web>

{NativeScript}

3 Basic differences

3. template markup

<web>

{NativeScript}

my first

nativescript-Vue app

try it!

play.nativescript.org

Download the 2 NativeScript playground apps

Easiest way to try!

Vue-CLI template!

 

$ npm install -g @vue/cli @vue/cli-init

$ vue init nativescript-vue/vue-cli-template <project-name>

$ cd <project-name>

$ npm install

$ tns run ios/android --bundle

A case study

Presenting Elocute

Finally! The language lab is replaced!

for Language Teachers:

Manage classrooms and assign texts for students to read aloud to perfect their accents

for students: The Language lab, mobilized

Building the web app

elocute.me

I used:

  • Vue CLI
  • Vuetify
  • Firebase UI for Authentication
  • VUEX for state management
  • Firebase backend

Building the mobile app

I used:

  • Vue CLI template
  • NativeScript-Vue Plugin
  • NativeScript Themes and custom CSS
  • VUEX for state management
  • Firebase backend

web

mobile

Vuex

web

mobile

Firebase integration

web

mobile

Styling

web

mobile

Templates

demo

Wouldn't it be cool if....

we didn't have to entirely rewrite the app for web/mobile?

Build for iOS, Android, and web in one repo

2 prototypes

idea 1 (igor)

Fork NativeScript-Vueloader and make it do the work

https://github.com/nativescript-vue/nativescript-vue-webpack-template

web

mobile

Entry points

App.Vue

web + mobile

SFC

web + mobile

Result

idea 2 (Tiago)

rely on file naming conventions built by Webpack

https://github.com/tralves/ns-vue-codeshare-demo

Separate entry points

Separate Template Files

Home.vue

Home.web.vue

Shared Service

Service used via mixins

Result

wow!

Going forward

`vue create my-codeshared-app`
`vue add mobile`*

leverage a CLI-3 plugin to scaffold a NativeScript-Vue app together with your Vue.js web app

*use a preset: (--preset mobile)

Working with the Vue Community

To make this awesome!

Join us on NativeScript Community Slack!

nativescript-vue.org

Core Contributor: Igor Randjelovic

Thank you!

@jenlooper

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