I was pretty sure that anything React Native could do, NativeScript could do better, and I decided to prove it by opening a quick contest on the NativeScript Slack channel. The rules of the contest were simple:
"This repo contains code for a contest run by Jen Looper to create a newsreader mobile app. It should run cross-platform and the code should be as elegant as you can make it!"
This project is inspired by this tweet:
I built a basic BBC News reader using @reactnative , check it out on Github https://t.co/dTFWuh9cGv . #reactnativepic https://t.co/LBHb7X9V2s
— Joel Trew (@Minispecs) March 15, 2016
As I had hoped, our talented and enthusiastic world-wide community of NativeScript practitioners jumped to the challenge. Over the weekend, they put together several spectacular entries for the contest that made me “Proud to be a NativeScripter”! I was joined in judging this contest by my colleagues TJ VanToll and Sebastian Witalec, both experienced NativeScript developers and advocates.
The winner of the contest is Peter Staev, a Bulgarian developer who build a beautiful, cross-platform app with video capability and a very clean codebase with impressive XML parsing. Here’s a screencapture of his entry:
We were impressed by the performance of this app cross-platform and the use of the nativescript-video plugin. This plugin has some plist problems on iOS but works on Android, and Peter’s Readme gave good information on how to workaround the video issues so that we could run the app.
Ben Elliot wowed us with his “over-and-beyond” implementation of the challenge. He created a Feedly app that aggregates 60 newsfeeds and wrote of his experience in a Medium post. Epic, Ben!
Osei’s entry included a particularly nice Android implementation:
Beautiful job, Osei!
Congratulations to all our entrants, and thank you for joining in on Slack for this fun challenge. We’ll do another one soon! Missing out? Join us on Slack!