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NativeScript Documentation

Home of the NativeScript documentation content that lives at http://docs.nativescript.org. Start contributing today!

What’s In This Document

Contributing

The NativeScript documentation is completely open-source and we love contributions. Whether you want to fix a typo or write an entire article, the NativeScript documentation is a great way to get started contributing to an open-source project.

Don’t know where to start? Check out the list of issues with the “help wanted” label. New to git or GitHub? Join our community Slack chat and we’ll be happy to help get you up and running.

The

master
branch contains the most up-to-date version of the NativeScript documentation and its contents are uploaded to docs.nativescript.org. When contributing to the documentation, always create a branch for your work from
master
as this will facilitate easier pull request management.

Are my contributions limited to this repo only?

No, my friend. There are many other code repositories in the NativeScript world you might also be interested in contributing to:

  • nativescript-cli - This repo contains the NativeScript command-line interface, which lets you create, build, and run apps using the NativeScript framework. The CLI is written in TypeScript.

  • nativescript-angular - This repository contains the TypeScript code that integrates Angular with NativeScript.

  • nativescript-vue - This community-run project allows NativeScript to integrate with Vue.js.

  • ios-runtime - This repo contains the NativeScript iOS runtime — the code that hosts NativeScript iOS apps, and allows JavaScript code to be executed on iOS devices. The iOS runtime is written in a fun mix of C++, Objective-C, and more.

  • android-runtime - This repo contains the NativeScript Android — the code that hosts NativeScript Android apps, and allows JavaScript code to be executed on Android devices. The Android runtime is written in a fun mix of C++ and Java.

You can go check them out and help to expand their docs, add plugins to it and even fix bugs.

About Jekyll

This documentation is built using Jekyll. More info on how to control the template, table of content and the project structure, in general, can be found in the Build README

Configuration

There are two versions of the NativeScript documentation that generate similar output:

nativescript
and
angular
. The former builds the vanilla NativeScript docs at docs.nativescript.org/start/introduction, while the latter discusses Angular-specific topics at docs.nativescript.org/angular/start/introduction.

Most of the content in this repository is shared between the two environments, but occasionally you may need to add environment-specific content. When you have this need you have a few options.

  1. If you would like a page to appear in a single environment, add an

    environment: angular
    or
    environment: nativescript
    property to that page's front matter. Pages marked with an
    environment
    property will appear in a single environment, and pages not marked with an
    environment
    property will be shared across all environments.
  2. If you have a page that should appear in both environments but has different content for certain sections, you can use our built-in environment block tags. The blocks are named

    angular
    and
    nativescript
    , respectively, and can be used like this:
{% nativescript %}This paragraph appears only in the vanilla NativeScript documentation{% endnativescript %}

This paragraph appears in both environments.

{% angular %}This appears only in the Angular NativeScript documentation{% endangular %}

Local Setup

If you plan to work on a non-trivial change, you will most probably want to run the documentation locally in order to give your change a try before submitting a pull request. To provide you with this opportunity without installing a ton of libraries and loose time in configuration, we have prepared a virtual environment based on a docker image, where everything is prepared for you in advance.

Prerequisites

Docker should be installed on your machine:

The NativeScript documentation is composed from multiple repositories:

Building the docker image

Start by cloning all required git repositories in some local folder (

ns-docs
in the following examples):

Open a console box (Windows users should run a Git bash session!) and clone the required git repositories:

mkdir ns-docs
cd ns-docs
git clone https://github.com/NativeScript/docs.git
git clone https://github.com/NativeScript/nativescript-angular.git

Optional:

git clone https://github.com/NativeScript/NativeScript.git
git clone https://github.com/NativeScript/nativescript-sdk-examples-js.git
git clone https://github.com/NativeScript/nativescript-sdk-examples-ng.git
git clone https://github.com/NativeScript/nativescript-cli.git

git clone https://github.com/NativeScript/nativescript-ui-samples.git git clone https://github.com/NativeScript/nativescript-ui-samples-angular.git git clone https://github.com/NativeScript/nativescript-ui-samples-vue.git

NOTE:

nativescript-ui-...
are private repositories used for building the API Reference for the NativeScript UI components.
NOTE: If you have these repositories locally from previous work with the documentation, be sure to delete them and start from scratch as some old files can cause problems with the current setup.

Then, build the docker image by using the following command from the

ns-docs
folder:
sudo docker build -t ns-docs:1.0 docs/build

NOTE: If you received some unauthorized error, make sure you are logged into docker from the CLI. Just execute

docker login
and follow the instruction. One thing to have in mind is that docker username is your email, but docker ID is what you see on the top right when you log in to https://hub.docker.com. When executing
docker login
you need to enter your Docker ID.

Building the documentation

Start the docker image created in the previous step from the ns-docs folder:

sudo docker run --rm -t -i -v $(pwd):/root -p 9192:9192 -t ns-docs:1.0

Due to the poor performance of mounted volumes on Mac OS you may use the

delegated
mount strategy:

sudo docker run --rm -t -i -v $(pwd):/root:delegated -p 9192:9192 -t ns-docs:1.0

Adding content

Edit an article in some of the repositories and navigate to http://localhost:9192 on the host machine. Notice that it might take some time for the changes to be reflected in the browser.

Making changes

  • Edit some files.
  • Refresh your browser (depending on which files have been modified, it might take more or less time for the changes to take effect).

Contributors

The following is a list of all the people that have contributed to the NativeScript documentation. Thanks for your contributions!

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