NativeScript 1.7 Extends Support to Visual Studio Code

Cross-platform development tool is now integrated with Visual Studio Code via an extension. The company is also workin on support for UWP and Windows Mobile 10.

Telerik last month released an update to NativeScript last month that adds improved VS Code integration and Angular support.The company demonstrated the preview at the Microsoft Build event in San Francisco at the end of March.

NativeScript is described as a cross-platform framework that allows apps to be built using JavaScript, CSS and XML. In some ways, it's competitive with Xamarin, another popular cross-platform development environment that was acquired earlier this year by Microsoft.

New in version 1.7 is support for VS Code, which comes as an extension. The extension is capable of working on a Mac as well as Windows environment, and supports development with iOS and Android apps. The extension allows for full debugging support, which means the ability to set breakpoints and inspect variables, or do a code step through. TypeScript is also supported, with IntelliSense, refactoring, and navigation support right from within the VS editor.

The company is also previewing a NativeScript Runtime environment that will work within the Universal Windows Platform, including Windows Mobile 10 (the company blogs about that feature here). The runtime is being developed as an open source project on Github here.

The company released version 1.6 in February. That version featured integration with the VS debugger, improvements in page navigation transitions, FireBase and Admob integration, and other features. You can view a development roadmap for NativeScript here, which also highlights a projected release for version 1.8.

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