Software developers, including mobile app developers, are always looking for ways to shorten development cycles, reduce time to deployment, and improved app performance.
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To achieve this, there has to be a fine balance between..
..speed of development and writing the software so that it will run on more devices and platforms, and providing a better user experience. To achieve this balance is made more difficult by the fact that two major operating systems have to be catered for.
Apps run on Android and iOS
Although React Native was initially developed for iOS, Facebook has recently added support for Android devices, enabling the library to render mobile UIs for both operating systems.
With React Native being made open source, the development community can work on compatibility with other platforms like tvOS and Windows.
Hybrid apps render natively
The WebView components used by other frameworks have been discarded and replaced by components that compile directly to native.
React uses reusable components that have counterparts in Android or iOS. This creates a consistent look and feel across platforms, allowing developers to build apps with a web-style, agile approach. The app will have the look, functionality and speed of a native mobile app.
React components can be applied to an existing app
This is a huge benefit for companies that want to enhance an existing app but don’t want to rewrite it. React Native components can be incorporate into an existing app’s code. A plugin is also available that will allow developers to reuse Cordova or Ionic based code.
React Native’s library includes Flexbox debugging, inline styling, CSS styling and support to deploy to Google Play and App Store.
Efficient, cost effective app development
Native app development is characterized by slow deployment time, low developer productivity and inefficiency. React Native has changed that by enabling the agility and speed of web app development in the hybrid space, but delivering native results.
React Native uses Facebook’s ReactJS to provide simplified programming methods, DOM abstraction and better app performance.
Third party plugins does away with WebView functions. To add Google Maps functionality to an app for example, React Native allows you to link the plugin with a native module. This enables linking the map to device functions such as the compass, rotate and zoom, while loading faster and using less memory.
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