build android apps from nodejs

build android apps from nodejs

Jožica Lidiya Author: Jožica Lidiya Date: 2022-08-11
build android apps from nodejs

    If You Can Build A Website, You Can Build An Android App!
    Android.js simple takes your node.js website and puts it into a WebView.

    Yeah, i know that's a lot of disadvantages there but it also provides different APIs for you to interact with.

    an android.js application isn't only a WebView like a front end of a site, it can also interact with the backend and interact with files and much more!

    installation

    npm install androidjs
    
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    Install Android JS project generator and builder

    npm install -g androidjs-builder
    
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    initialize

    mkdir AndroidApp
    cd AndroidApp
    androidjs g
    npm install
    
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    it will generate a sample project inside AndroidApp directory.

    Which will look like:

    AndroidApp
        |__ assets
        |       |__ ipc, css, js
        |
        |__ views
        |       |__ index.html
        |
        |__ main.js
        |__ package.json
    
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    • main.js is the main file or we can say it is back process of your app which execute all the code written in node, so you have to write all the node js code inside main.js
    • index.html is the first view which is render by app initially
    • package.json to keep track of all your node packages
    • assets to store all assets of your app

    time to build

    cd AndroidApp
    androidjs b
    
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    it will generate apk file inside dist folder

    if this build command fails or generated any error, try to build with force command

    androidjs b -f
    
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    Why not to use it

    Android.js isn't better than react-native
    But, at least you can (somewhat) throw your existing code in it and generate an API to work on a device just like android application.
    React native stays the best way to make Android applications with react (JavaScript).

    other resources

    docs - documentation for android.js

    Sample apps - some sample apps to go with..

    conclusion

    Android.js is an amazing framework if you don't know react

    But if you know react, react native comes in handy at the first place.

    originally published here at my blog

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