NativeScript, a Telerik technology for building multiplatform native mobile apps from a single code base, is set to go to a 1.0 release in late April. Telerik is launching a beta program this week for the open source NativeScript.
NativeScript also handles the cross-platform native UI, providing a markup language that gets parsed in to platform-specific UI widgets when an application is built. "For example, when a developer adds a button to an app, NativeScript will automatically use the appropriate native button UI control from iOS, Android, and Windows."
"The big distinction between a NativeScript app and a hybrid app [such as PhoneGap or Sencha] is that NativeScript does not rely on the browser/Web UI layer to render the app. It renders a native UI, independent of the browser. ... That browser/Web UI layer that is usually the performance bottleneck in mobile apps that want to have buttery smooth animations and scrolling."
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