Progress is updating its open source framework NativeScript with new tools and capabilities for cross-platform mobile development. The update includes NativeScript Sidekick, augmented reality support for iOS 11 and Android Oreo, the NativeScript Marketplace, verified plugins, and the release of free NativeScript UI widgets.
NativeScript Sidekick is a GUI client available for Windows, macOS and Linux. It is designed to complement developer’s favorite code editor, IDE, source control system and other tools. It features new starter templates, verified plugins, cloud builds, and debugging capabilities. “NativeScript Sidekick is your faithful companion for NativeScript development. With Sidekick, you can focus on building the exciting parts of your mobile app and let Sidekick handle the important, but tedious parts,” according to the solution’s website.
The NativeScript Marketplace enables developers to discover and download verified plugins for their mission-critical apps.. The new verification process allows developers to make their plugins really stand out. The company will also be adding app and page templates and visual themes to the Marketplace in the future.
In addition, Progress announced the NativeScript Book is now available for free, offering more than 450 pages of in-depth training material.
Other announcements included: NativeScript UI is 100% free, NativeScript Playground, and AR support preview.