with a little delay I’m glad to announce that now the 0.42 bits are live! With this release the emphasis, apart from the stabilization and more cross-platform abstractions, was on the companion applications and improving the development getting started experience. Prior to this release when you deploy the app on the device you will see a black screen with no feedback and no option to continue using the app without installing it. Not the best getting started experience as many of you noticed :). With this release we introduced a global exception handling mechanism which allows us to handle the error and display it to you, so you can see what was the error. Also it is now available to deploy the app again and to load the new version of the app, without the need of re-install. The other thing we added to the companion apps is a bar code reader, so that you don’t need to use a third party app to scan the bar code when installing the app. It is a huge development time booster :).
Both the companion apps for Android and iOS are now live on the marketplace, so you can update them now.
Apart from this we now have a very powerful binding support. I advise you to take a look at Sebastian blog post
to see how much the declarative syntax is evolved. To see our sample app source code visit this github repository
. I’m extremely proud the way you can declare the UI of the NativeScript apps. I’m interested to know your comments on the syntax we chose.
Other thing worth mentioning are the new documentation articles available in our docs repository - https://github.com/NativeScript/docs
In the few weeks we will be preparing for our first public launch. The bits will be public and the framework (parts of it initially) will be open-sourced on github.com/nativescript. This is expected to be announced mid-February as we announced several months ago in this group. It will be an exciting release with features as debugging and 3rd party libraries support coming!
Working on the branding we now have our twitter account to live, so if you want to stay with the community please follow us on twitter at https://twitter.com/nativescript
Have a great day!
Technical Product Manager