nativescript-angular-web-starter

A starter project to create web and native mobile apps using nativescript and angular with single shared code base.

Nativescript Angular Web Starter

A simple starter project to create native mobile and web apps with single shared code base using angular and nativescript.

YouTube demo

Check this Open Souce Cross Platform Quotes Application for reference, which is made with the exact same architecture as this starter project.

Prerequisites

  1. Globally installed Nativecript - npm install -g nativescript
  2. Globally installed Angular CLI - npm install -g angular-cli
  3. Mac OS to build iOS app.

Installation

  1. git clone https://github.com/shripalsoni04/nativescript-angular-web-starter --depth=1
  2. cd nativescript-angular-web-starter
  3. npm run ngxp-install

Run Web application

npm start - This will start the application at http://localhost:4200.

Run iOS Application

npm run start.ios

Run Android Application

npm run start.android

Project Folder Structure

nativescript

This contains a nativescript project for creating Android/iOS applications.

tools

This contains scripts useful during development.

web

This contains nothing but a web project created using angular-cli.

x-shared

All the code/assets which are common to both web and nativescript projects resides here. This folder is symlinked to nativescript/app/x-shared and web/src/x-shared folder. So changes in x-shared folder from any of the three locations will get reflected in other two folders.

Commands

You can execute any valid command of angular-cli from web/ folder and any valid command of nativescript-cli from nativescript/ folder. For convenince below are the commands which you can execute from root directory.

Common

Command Description
npm run ngxp-install Installs dependencies of web and nativescript applications. Creates symlink of x-shared folder in both web and nativescript project.

Web Application

Command Description
npm start Starts web application at http://localhost:4200
npm run start.prod Starts web application in production mode. Runs uglification and minification.
npm run start.aot Performs AOT for web application templates and starts web application.
npm run start.aot.prod Performs AOT, minification, uglification and starts web application.
npm run build Builds the web application and copy the built project in web/dist folder.
npm run build.prod Builds the web application in production mode and copy the built project in web/dist folder.
npm run build.aot Performs AOT, build the project and then copy the built project in web/dist folder.
npm run build.aot.prod Performs AOT, prepares production build and then copy the built project in web/dist folder.
npm test Runs web application and x-shared unit test cases. It will not generate code coverage report.
npm run test-cc Runs web application and x-shared unit test cases and generates code coverage report.

Nativescript Application

Command Description
npm run start.ios Runs application on iOS emulator/device
npm run start.android Runs application on Android emulator/device
npm run livesync.ios Starts application in livesync mode on iOS emulator/device.
npm run livesync.android Starts application in livesync mode on Android emulator/device.

Known Issues and Solution

  1. For Android/iOS, changes in x-shared folder are not being watched and deplyed to device/emulator when using livesync command in watch mode.

    • Currently there is a bug in nativescript-cli that the changes in symlinked folder are not being watched. This can be tracked at https://github.com/NativeScript/nativescript-cli/issues/2221. So this may be fixed in next releases but if you want this functionality right now, there is a workaround solution as follows:

    • Workaround Solution - Go to the folder where nativescript is globally installed. For macOS it is at /usr/local/lib/node_modules/nativescript/. From that folder open lib/services/livesync/livesync-service.js file and add follow:true option in gaze function call in partialSync method as follows:

  LiveSyncService.prototype.partialSync = function (syncWorkingDirectory, onChangedActions) {
        ...
        var gazeWatcher = gaze("**/*", { cwd: syncWorkingDirectory, follow: true }, function (err, watcher) {
            ...
        });
        ...
    };
  1. Angular dependencies at two levels for AOT support

    • Currently we have added angular dependencies in root level package.json and web/package.json. Because, AOT does not work properly when we use path mapping and this issue is reported and can be traked at https://github.com/angular/angular-cli/issues/1732 and PR:https://github.com/angular/angular-cli/pull/2470. Once this issue is resolved we can add path mapping as shown below and remove the angular dependencies from web/package.json, so in case of any version update we just need to change the version at root directory level.

    web/src/tsconfig.json

    "paths": {
        "@angular/*": ["../../node_modules/@angular/*"]
      }
    

FAQ

How to change package/bundle id for Android/iOS apps?

To change the package/bundle id you need to do changes in below files.

  1. nativescript/package.json
  2. Change id property of nativescript object as follows:
"nativescript": {
    "id": "com.domain.yourapp"
}
  1. Open nativescript/app/App_Resources/Android/app.gradle file and change applicationId as shown below:
android {
  defaultConfig {
    ...
    applicationId = "com.domain.yourapp"
  }
  ...
}

How to change Android and iOS Application Display Name?

For Android, open nativescript/app/App_Resources/Android/values/strings.xml file and write your app name where Nativescript Angular Web Starter is written:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<resources>
    <string name="app_name">Nativescript Angular Web Starter</string>
    <string name="title_activity_kimera">Nativescript Angular Web Starter</string>
</resources>

For iOS, open nativescript/app/App_Resources/iOS/info.plist file and change value of CFBundleDisplayName and CFBundleName to your app name:

<dict>
  ...
  <key>CFBundleDisplayName</key>
	<string>Nativescript Angular Web Starter</string>
  <key>CFBundleName</key>
	<string>NativescriptAngularWebStarter</string>
  ...
</dict>

Attributes

  1. Angular Framework
  2. Nativescript Framework
  3. Nativescript Core Theme
  4. nativescript-swiss-army-knife
  5. tools/install.js from angular-advanced-seed

Awesome Contributors

Nathan Walker

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