Angular Native

  1. Short and sweet — “NativeScript with Angular 2” is a mouthful and not necessarily intuitive. I know this is non-scientific, but “Angular Native” just sounds and feels better to me. After some quick polling of the community, many others seem to feel the same way.
  2. Juxtaposes React Native — Let’s be honest here. NativeScript is not competing that much for mindshare with Ionic or other Cordova-based technology. Ionic has a completely different approach, feature set and goals (perhaps the subject of a separate blog post). NativeScript is, however, going directly head-to-head with React Native. As such, why not just simplify things for developers. React Native is to React as Angular Native is to Angular. See? Simple.
  3. Helps NativeScript adoption — Did you notice how much bigger the TypeScript community got when it became the de facto language of choice for Angular moving forward? The name “Angular Native” implies a similar de facto choice and would likely lead to the same uptick in NativeScript adoption.
  4. Helps Angular adoption — There a number of local organizations I know of in Boston that initially chose to adopt React because of React Native. They wanted to build a native mobile app with JavaScript and React Native seemed like the only viable choice. Once they started using React Native, then it made sense to start using React in other places as well. I have no problem whatsoever with anyone using React. I really like React. The thing I don’t like is when developers or organizations make decisions based on hype. The reality is that NativeScript is just as good as React Native. The difference between them (just like the different between Angular and React) is more a matter of philosophy and approach than capabilities. By using the term “Angular Native” what we are implying is that you can do the same type of thing with Angular as you can with React. This focuses the decision of React vs Angular more on what fits in best with their team rather than whether or not one capability exists. When that happens, it is my belief that Angular adoption increases (another topic for its own blog post in the future).

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Co-founder and CTO at GetHuman, Google Developer Expert (GDE), Boston AI Meetup Organizer, Boston Angular Meetup Organizer, Boston College alumni

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Jeff Whelpley

Jeff Whelpley

Co-founder and CTO at GetHuman, Google Developer Expert (GDE), Boston AI Meetup Organizer, Boston Angular Meetup Organizer, Boston College alumni

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