0.42 release is now live!

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  1. Valio
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    Posted 20 Jan 2015 Link to this post

    Hello everyone,

    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!

    Valio Stoychev
    Technical Product Manager
  2. Ian
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    Posted 20 Jan 2015 in reply to Valio Link to this post

    Hi Valio,
    The 0.42 release is a great step forward. NativeScript is starting to look REALLY good now.

    Having the option to specify page layouts declaratively works well. I did use Microsoft's WCF and XAML some years back and, once you understand how stack, wrap and grid panels work, it's a reasonably flexible way of specifying page markup. I would offer one suggestion, though. I think the current documentation for Panels and related items such as ListView and ScrollView could be improved with more complex examples (eg. using templates and using panels within panels), making sure all options/properties are documented and including some illustrations showing the effect and advantages of using different layout options.

    Keep up the great work!
    Best regards, Ian
  3. Valentin.Stoychev
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    Posted 21 Jan 2015 Link to this post

    Hello Ian,

    I totally agree with you and documentation is something that we are working on with high speed at this very moment. We are also creating sample apps so that you will be able to see some real implementations of layout code.

    Regards, Valentin.Stoychev

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  4. Antonio
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    Posted 23 Jan 2015 Link to this post

    Hi Valio,

    congrats for the great work you are doing! Really looking forward to build my marketplace app with NS!
    I have followed your webinar at the end of December, and you mentioned that a first preview of Windows support should be included in the 0.5 release (just exposing the native bridge and not in the cross-platform layer) on mid February.
    Is this confirmed?
    And what about some preliminary support for Sqlite ?

    thank you
  5. Valentin
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    Posted 23 Jan 2015 in reply to Antonio Link to this post

    Hi Antonio, thank you for the nice words! I'm glad to see you excited.

    We have a great progress on the Windows support, but it will not be announced with the 0.5 release. We had to move some resources to provide the iOS64bit support with 0.5 and that's why we are working with a little delay on the Windows support. But it is coming, we do not have any showstoppers there. I don't expect more than a month delay, so mid-March we should be able to preview it here. Once we have something in a good shape, I can send you (or anyone else interested) a private build. Just to note once again that it will be just the bridge, not the cross-platform layer.

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