Upgrading from React Native 0.53.x to 0.57.4 (and to Xcode 10 and Gradle 4 along with that), a journey

Back in November, after 6 months of working on other projects, I picked up development for the EV-Point Mobile App again. The app is built using React Native and is available on both iOS and Android. As Xcode got a new major release (from Xcode 9 to Xcode 10) since my last time working on […]

Fix for the Android Emulator (Android Simulator) crashing during launch

UPDATE 2017.08.03: This should be fixed with the release of HAXM 6.1.1. Make sure you’re running the latest version of Android Studio On a recent project I was working on, I wasn’t able to start the Android Emulator/Simulator anymore from within Android Studio. Every time I launched it from Android Studio it would start, but […]

Launching the Android Emulator from the Command Line

I’m not sure which update exactly broke it, but recently I got this when trying to launch the Android Emulator from the CLI: $ emulator -list-avds Nexus_5X_API_25 $ emulator -avd Nexus_5X_API_25 [140735953220544]:ERROR:./android/qt/qt_setup.cpp:28:Qt library not found at ../emulator/lib64/qt/lib Could not launch ‘../emulator/qemu/darwin-x86_64/qemu-system-i386′: No such file or directory Apparently there’s some relative path linking happening, which of […]

Jasonette – Build cross-platform mobile apps using JSON

Just like how web browsers turn HTML into a web page, Jasonette turns JSON into iOS native components. This lets you build native apps by writing a simple JSON. Here’s a small snippet/example: { “$jason”: { “head”: { “title”: “{ ΛƒΜ΅Μ‘α΄₯Λ‚Μ΅Μ‘}”, “offline”: “true”, “actions”: { “$foreground”: { “type”: “$reload” }, “$pull”: { “type”: “$reload” } […]

Animating vectors in Android with AnimatedVectorDrawable

Seeing Lottie in action, I was reminded of Android’s AnimatedVectorDrawable which also allows one to do vector based animations. This class animates properties of a VectorDrawable with animations defined using ObjectAnimator or AnimatorSet. If you’re familiar with SVG, the AnimatedVectorDrawable XML contents will look familiar. The β€œEndless Pin Jump” animation (pictured above) for example is […]

Testing React Native Apps on Android and iOS

These apps are regular native Android and iOS apps, and basically any test automation frameworks works for them: Robotium, Appium, Calabash, uiautomator, Espresso, Jasmine, UI Automation, TestNG, Frank, KIF and many others! Therefore, you do have a great freedom of choice when you build your apps based on React Native framework. Contains example scripts for […]


JockeyJS is a dual-iOS and Android library that facilitates two-way communication between native applications and JavaScript apps running inside them. Here’s an iOS example: // Send an event to JavaScript, passing a payload. // payload can be an NSDictionary or NSArray, or anything that is serializable to JSON. // It can be nil. [Jockey send:@”event-name” […]