Going Native for the Holidays

Going Native for the Holidays

The world will generally laugh if you say “New Year, New Me”. It’s an old line, and people rarely try to implement any kind of changes in their lives just because the calendar year has changed. However, there’s still hope!

After 4 years, React Native is on top of the mobile application development market. Launched by Facebook in 2015, it’s currently holding the first spot as the most-used cross-platform technology for building mobile apps for Android and iOS.

Now, there’s often some confusion between React and React Native. The same framework, different entities, different aspects…

The truth is, React is the framework that, using JavaScript, builds applications. React Native is the platform that lets you build native cross-platform applications. It literally takes components from native applications and renders them in their React equivalents.

Here are some facts you need to know about React Native

Here are some facts you need to know about React Native:

  1. It’s an open-source framework launched for data-driven web interfaces.
  2. It was launched by Facebook.
  3. Helps you develop native-looking applications.
  4. Based on JavaScript.
  5. The community is growing every day!
  6. There are Components that help you speed up your process.
  7. Not much support for binary data – yet.
  8. Apps appear the same in Android, iOS and Windows.
  9. Popular on GitHub (more than on Swift).
  10. Reduces development expenses by up to 50%.

So how does this list relate to React Native’s popularity?

First of all, as an open-source framework, this platform gives many developers and opportunity to create and share their ideas free of charge, allowing other to draw from their experiences and be either inspired or just plain relieved when a problem of theirs gets handled before they even have it.

Secondly, Facebook is a key player in the world of development, mobile and otherwise. Their support and upkeep of React Native is one of the reasons the community is thriving, and using the platform in their own development is a great way to keep transparent in front of the tech world.

Thirdly, native-looking applications are just about the next best thing to actually native applications. This platform lets you maintain speed and responsiveness, and keep your app running smoothly across Android, iOS and Windows devices.

Lastly, Components. You may not be aware of what they are and what function they serve, so let’s break it down: Components are basically building blocks that let you create and translate functionalities from native apps. It’s like translating every element into a language that React can understand and speak, and doing it all in the simplest way possible.

All these are reasons why the platform has taken off so well, but they’re not necessarily the reasons why you should use it. We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: your choice of technology depends on your needs and your plans. Just don’t be afraid to give something a try!

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