Why you should build your app with React Native?

When we think about mobile app development, many of us are confused to choose the best framework for development. And it is obvious because there are multiple options available for development. You have a choice of Kotlin for Android, Swift for iOS, Python and many more. Here we will talk about React Native. It is a JavaScript based framework used for developing native applications.

Why React Native?

React Native

React native is super easy and fast, also gets you one app for the price of three apps. It enables us to use all the native components like gestures, push notifications, camera, and location. There are some other JavaScript libraries for building mobile apps like ionic or PhoneGap. But those libraries use Webview, and the apps built with those technologies are not native. Working with this framework, you could have a Brownfield app or a Greenfield app. Brownfield is where you have existing local code and you need to include or blend it in React Native code. A Greenfield app is when you start with React Native; you could say it’s a pure JavaScript app. There may even be no native code included. There are no good or bad scenarios here, this primarily depends on your use case, which one you prefer to go for.

1. You can have three apps within a price of one – Web, Android and iOS

This framework helps you to create native apps for Android, iOS and Web. Hence rather than developing three different apps for three platforms, you just have to create one app and that will run on different platforms. Isn’t it beneficial?

2. Easy to get started, with a price-

For something that is great, there is always a cost. Here, this cost is because of integration. If you have a Brownfield app, then you need to integrate React Native into it.  In spite of the fact that it’ll be challenging to get a fine smooth native experience, but it can work by using other libraries and help from the react community. For your kind information, Facebook uses React native. Hence the support and community contribution is great with this farmework. Also there are learning materials and tutorials available for beginners support. From all these points, it is easy to get started, but you need to do extra work with integration phase, especially in the case of a brownfield app.

3. Performance-

You would think a native app would perform better on its native platform, but you could not be more wrong. Comparing React native with Swift, React Native turned out better than Swift. If you created two apps, one in React Native and the other in Swift. Both looked and felt the same by appearance. Both had the same features as well. By comparing different performance metrics, React native outperformed Swift, especially in the memory usage. In the case of more complex applications, the framework might be less efficient, but you can transfer some code to a native module, and it won’t be an issue anymore.

4. Easy to transition- 

If you wish to transition to/from React native to the native code, you can do that without any trouble and a major development problem. Because RN (React Native) aligns with native platform conventions (hence the native experience), with a little bit of caution and common sense, you can shift between a React Native code base to fully native.

5. Simplified UI-

This framework is mainly based on creating a mobile UI.  Here you will need to create a sequence of actions in the application. It uses declarative programming in which such an order of implementing actions is obsolete. Hence, it is easy to detect bugs on the paths a user can take.

5. Smaller teams-

If you choose this framework, you will mostly need JavaScript developer, who can write the code for both platforms. Obviously, apps with more native features will require more help from native developers as well. That said, in most cases, the team will be smaller in size, and so easier to manage.

6. Easy to test-

One of the important reasons contributing to the greatness of an app is a rigorous testing cycle. In this framework, testing becomes easy by using “Enzyme”.  You can use shallow rendering and your tests will run faster. The quicker your build passes from testing, the quicker you can move to the launching phase.

7. Easy to maintain and understand-

One factor that the majority of us miss when choosing which technology to use is having a “backup”. Most of the times, people stops shifting mid development because of some bad experience or need to update or add a feature in existing app. For the beginners, this framework is a delight. It is very easy to understand and also maintain. Any developer with a less coding knowledge can easily understand it.

React Native is Awesome for Apps like:

Mobile app development has so many options available to get your app with perfect development. So which type of application will perform great with this framework.  Should you build an enterprise app? A web app?

These questions would be better replied by knowing the capabilities of the apps. Hence, apps such as: Apps with Simple UI, Clickable prototypes, Cross platform apps with basic functionality, applications that don’t need to rely on native APIs too heavily, Apps that would look and behave the same in different platforms. Here are some examples, who uses it- 

Facebook’s messenger app, Tesla’s Car diagnostic app, Soundcloud’s music app. All Big boys, having it all with a React Native app.

Apart from this, just keep in mind that React native has some cons such as- Less smooth navigation, Lack of some custom modules. 

You can see the comparison between React Native and Flutter for an effective development at our blog- Flutter vs React Native: A Developer’s Perspective.

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