According to T.J. VanToll, developer advocate for Telerik, a division of Progress, NativeScript will allow developers to build native applications running on Apple iOS, Google Android, and down the road — the Windows Universal platform.
Developed by the Telerik unit that Progress acquired last year, VanToll says support for NativeScript has been added to the Telerik AppBuilder development tools.
VanToll says by releasing NativeScript under an open source license, Progress is hoping to build an ecosystem that will lead to more mobile applications that will invoke backend services created by Progress or any other platform vendor that chooses to add support for NativeScript. The company claims that developers have already created more than 20,000 apps using Telerik platforms.
NativeScript, scheduled to exit beta this May, is the second major open source initiative launched by Telerik. The company also created Kendo UI Core, an open source implementation of a set of user interface widgets that Telerik developed for mobile computing applications.