NativeScript TextView binding: TypeError instance.set is not a function

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  1. Marc
    Marc avatar
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    Oct 2013

    Posted 18 Nov 2016 Link to this post


    I have an Observable like this in our app:

    exports.vmMain = new observableModule.Observable({
        message: {
            id: 123456789,
            text: "My default text"
        //other bundled objects...


    and I bind the text property of the TextView to the text property of my message Object in the Observable, like this:

    <TextView text="{{ message.text }}" />


    When the page is loaded, the TextView contains the text "My default text", so the binding seems to work.

    Unfortunatley, when I type something in the TextView, there is an binding-error:

    Binding error while setting property text of [object object]: TypeError: instance.set is not a function


    We have many properties in this form, so I tried to structure them as Objects within the Observable, instead of managing many single components in the Observable.


    I work with the latest NativeScript version 2.4.0. The binding error occurs on Android and iOS.

    Is that something that can be fixed, so that this scenario would work in a future release?


    Best regards

  2. Marc
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    Oct 2013

    Posted 22 Nov 2016 in reply to Marc Link to this post

    Any hints on that?
  3. Nick Iliev
    Nick Iliev avatar
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    Posted 23 Nov 2016 Link to this post

    Hi Marc,

    Your case will work as expected if you need only one-way binding and you are not expecting to update back the value of your inner key.
    In order for your message.text or to be also updated when the text-view value is changed you can do the following:

    exports.vmMain = new observable.Observable({
        message: new observable.Observable({
            id: 123456789,
            text: "My default text"

    TO simplify the creation of multiple observable properties you can use MVVM pattern - it might seem overkill at first but once you are familiar with the principles it will ease the work with observables object a lot.
    A simple MVVM pattern is created with 
    // CLI command
    tns create myApp
    // or the following CLI command for TypeScript command
    tns create myApp --tsc

    These commands will create a base project with the file called main-view-model.js (or *.ts if using TypeScript) and in there you can see how MVVM pattern is structuring the whole view-model.

    Nikolay Iliev
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