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Upgrading Cordova Applications to NativeScript

An Introduction to NativeScript for Cordova Developers

Upgrading Cordova Applications to NativeScript

About this course


Eddy Verbruggen

NativeScript Trainer

Eddy Verbruggen

Eddy has worked with Progress for many years. First raising the bar for Cordova plugin quality through the Verified Plugins Marketplace, and now focusing on creating and maintaining NativeScript plugins.

Alex Ziskind

Trainer and Owner

Alex Ziskind

Alex lives in Washington, DC. He's a speaker, trainer, and a Telerik Developer Expert. He's been invloved in NativeScript projects since 2015 and has created courses for Pluralsight and LinkedIn.

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42 lessons

What you'll learn

Hello, and welcome to Upgrading Cordova Applications to NativeScript here at NativeScripting. Eddy Verbruggen and I (Alex Ziskind) are looking forward to helping you understand the basic differences and similarities in working with Cordova and NativeScript, and provide an understanding of the architecture and how the core concepts of the two frameworks work together to build applications. Along the way, you’re going to be learning about things like how your Cordova skills translate and prepare you to build NativeScript applications, project-based code samples focusing on specific features including NativeScript UI components, common non-UI modules, and third party plugins. We'll start out with concepts, and then we'll take a closer look at data binding, modules, navigation, and services. Before beginning this course, you’ll want to make sure you’re already familiar with JavaScript. So if you’re ready to get started, Upgrading Cordova Applications to NativeScript is waiting for you. Thanks again for visiting us here at NativeScripting!


  • Introduction

    • 1
      Introduction (1:46)
    • 2
      Final Projects and Exercise Code (2:23)
    • 3
      What is Cordova? (1:50)
    • 4
      What is NativeScript? (2:04)
    • 5
      Other Native-Bound Frameworks (3:35)
    • 6
      Similarities (1:49)
    • 7
      Differences (3:59)
  • Tooling

    • 8
      Overview (1:08)
    • 9
      CLI (7:34)
    • 10
      Cloud Tools (5:21)
    • 11
      IDE (2:26)
    • 12
      App Templates: NPM packages (2:18)
    • 13
      App Templates: Sidekick and Playground (4:56)
  • Framework Features

    • 14
      Overview (0:42)
    • 15
      Plugins (4:55)
    • 16
      3rd Party JS Modules (3:35)
    • 17
      Debugging (2:45)
  • Project Structure

  • UI Conversion

    • 22
      Overview (1:13)
    • 23
      Cordova Project Survey (3:28)
    • 24
      NativeScript Project Kickoff (8:45)
    • 25
      ActionBar Intro (3:28)
    • 26
      Combining Layouts (5:54)
    • 27
      SegmentedBar Sorting (5:52)
    • 28
      Item List (10:55)
    • 29
      Adding CSS (6:49)
  • Navigating to the Details

    • 30
      Overview (0:46)
    • 31
      Details Page (3:32)
    • 32
      Converting Navigation (6:59)
    • 33
      Navigating Back (2:52)
    • 34
      CSS Animation (4:00)
  • Common Module Conversion

  • Plugin Conversion

    • 38
      Overview (0:56)
    • 39
      Replacing Internal Plugins (5:52)
    • 40
      Replacing External Plugins (9:08)
  • Final Words

    • 41
      Comparing Cordova and NativeScript Projects (2:54)
    • 42
      Resources (1:32)

The courses on NativeScripting are easy to follow, paced well, and do a great job of getting you up to speed with NativeScript.

Raymond Camden
Raymond Camden

DevRel for Auth0 Extend

NativeScripting provides really high quality focused content around learning NativeScript! I love using the platform to refresh my skills and hone in on specific challenge areas to fill in my gaps of knowledge.

Tracy Lee | ladyleet
Tracy Lee | ladyleet

RxJS Core Team member and Google Developer Expert

The best NativeScript video content out there. NativeScripting’s courses are an amazing resource for getting started with NativeScript. Highly recommended.

TJ VanToll
TJ VanToll

Principal Developer Advocate @ProgressSW

NativeScripting is a great resource with top notch material on NativeScript and mobile application development with frameworks such as Angular and Vue. I highly recommend it for any developer, beginner to expert.

Nic Raboy
Nic Raboy

The Ployglot Developer

As a previous Developer Advocate for Progress/Telerik, who makes NativeScript, I've no hesitation in saying that NativeScripting.com is the only place you need to learn NativeScript, from the masterful Alex. His teaching style is absolutely on point; comprehensive and concise enough to have you building real mobile applications, whilst giving you fundamental and advanced knowledge necessary to survive in the wild.

Todd Motto
Todd Motto

Creator @ UltimateAngular and Google Developer Expert for Angular

Alex, affectionately known as the Voice of NativeScript, produces high quality video content that effectively teaches the ins and outs of NativeScript, walking students through the complexities of building mobile apps. These videos teach both NativeScript with Angular and NativeScript Core, offering two great ways to build beautiful apps.

Jen Looper
Jen Looper

Lead Dev Advocate @Microsoft, Founder and CEO of Vue Vixens

If you're looking to learn NativeScript, look no further than NativeScripting. These instructors are the best in the business. I know that because they helped me when I was first learning NativeScript. You can't do any better.

Burke Holland
Burke Holland

DevRel at Microsoft

NativeScripting is the best place for high quality NativeScript courses. Here you will find all learning materials you will ever need to get started with NativeScript. But also, there is a ton of advanced courses for a seasoned NativeScript dev.

Sebastian Witalec
Sebastian Witalec

Sr. Developer Advocate at Progress

Excellent as an introduction, easy to understand, totally useful, if you are a Vue developer, you should take this material to start with the right foot.

Hernán Piña
Hernán Piña

JavaScript Developer

If you want to understand and master NativeScript, Alex’s NativeScripting course videos are the way to go. He is truly the ‘Voice of NativeScript’ as he can break down complex ideas in such a way that would help you accelerate your goal in building beautiful mobile applications. Highly recommend him and definitely worth your time and money!

Devlin Duldulao
Devlin Duldulao

Microsoft MVP

The introduction to NativeScript-Vue course is a fantastic foundation for learning how to both implement UIs using the Vue framework and also how to use the NativeScript toolsets, such as the CLI and the Sidekick app.

Chase Putnam
Chase Putnam

Backend and Frontend Developer

NativeScripting is an amazing technology to build applications with very good performance for the both main mobile platforms. not only that, also you can use Angular with all it's advantages, I really recommend this course.

Eisson Alipio
Eisson Alipio


NativeScripting is a great platform for learning NativeScript! There are many high quality video courses. Anyone who wants to develop a Native mobile application with NativeScript must have NativeScripting account. Try free courses to convince yourself.

Ramazan Ayvaz
Ramazan Ayvaz

Entrepreneur and Software Engineer

Being an introduction, it does a good job of clarifying some well know issues for beginners to the nativescript platform.

Emmanuel Oduro
Emmanuel Oduro

Entrepreneur and Laravel Developer

Excelent free course. You will get the basics for build simple but usefull apps and to grow in understanding about NativeScript framework.

Thiago Glauco
Thiago Glauco

JavaScript and Angular Developer

NativeScripting provides a wide range of courses, from basic to advanced concepts and from the core framework to Angular and Vue. That's why there is no need for other resources. Highly recommended.

Vahid Najafi
Vahid Najafi

Co-founder @ Sazmand, Backend and Frontend Developer

This course is amazing. I was already fumbling in creating my first NativeScript iOS app but this course helped set me up straight. It's awesome. Really detailed and thorough. I could sense an high level of know-how from the author.

Kelvin O. Omereshone
Kelvin O. Omereshone

Software developer 🥑. Modern Mobile Web Developer.

The Vue NativeScript introductory course is treated without unnecessary technical details. That allows you to be productive from day one.

Course is short, very concise with very good narration and teaching by Alex. Great for starters on NativeScript. Has coverage on a range of topics needed for creating full production cross platform application. I had already started creating my startup idea.

Sushan Baskota
Sushan Baskota

Full Stack Java and Angular Developer.

One of the best courses I've ever done, simple, objective and practical. Congratulations to the NativeScript team.

Helio Silva
Helio Silva

Software Developer

Please, if you are new to NativeScript this course is perfect. No nonsense at all. It is straight to the point and the instructor is awesome. The production of the course is fantastic. It is not often I find a course is this well put together.

Chris Custer
Chris Custer

Software Architect/Developer by day. RC Helicopter enthusiast by nights and weekend.

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