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.

Hybrid app frameworks allow developers to write their code using known tools such as CSS, HTML5 and JavaScript, and then wrap the app in a container that allows it to run natively on any device. This bridges the gap between ease of development and the performance of a native app.

The React Native user interface framework developed by Facebook is an impressive JavaScript library that takes developing hybrid mobile apps to a completely new level.

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.

Any developer that knows JavaScript can now develop mobile apps almost instantly. It is no longer necessary to learn Java for Android or iOS’s Swift. All developers need to learn is platform APIs, native UI elements and platform specific design patterns.

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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