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NativeScript version 8.0 is now available. The new version of the development framework for mobile apps has received further streamlining, and a guide to best practices has been released.

NativeScript developer Progress Software has outlined the changes in version 8.0 in a blog post. The developer says the new version is a solid foundation for the future, and several features are added where the community has long asked for.

New features

At the top of the list of new features is support for the Apple M1 processor. This makes the development tool run more smoothly on the new generation of Apple computers. Other changes include:

  • webpack5 support
  • ‘First class’ support for a11y, an accessibility project
  • CSS box-shadow support
  • CSS text-shadow support
  • New hidden binding property for more performance dialling cases
  • New official eslint rules for NativeScript projects
  • New RootLayout container – offering more dynamic creative view development
  • New website and revamped docs to better represent the current and future of NativeScript

Best practices guide

“Over the years, several distinct best practices have emerged when working with NativeScript”, the developers mention in the blog post. “We took a moment to outline a few of the most fundamental ones you should be aware of to get the best end result out of your projects.

The guide to best practices can be found on the NativeScript website. The developers expect to expand the guide with more tips and tricks over time.


Progress has also hint at the improvements that are coming in version 8.1. These are the introduction of @nativescript/tailwind, adding additional use cases for a11y and a number of bug fixes. Progress promises to come up with an updated roadmap for 2021 during April. Version 9.0 is expected to land in the fall.

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