App development gets an uplift under React Native

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App developers and entrepreneurs are in dilemma after Facebook denied relicensing its React Active framework for third parties. React Native renders both iOS and Android user interfaces with minimal or even no coding.


React Native can be defined as the latest version of web library of same name. The main objective of React Native is to bring its power to native development. It is easier to write views using React Native, as developers need not to worry about updating the view. The final user experience is not as bad as the user experience from other platforms.


What is React Native?

React Native, the popular JavaScript library can be used to build flexible and efficient user interfaces. There are many cross platform frameworks such as Ionic, Apache Cordova etc that seems native. However, these are not native — as they are degrading the responsiveness by rendering components on the top of web view. There are many features of React Native, some of which are as below –


a.) React Native uses JavaScript, which is one of the popular programming languages. This is the main advantage, as both iOS and Android supports JavaScript.

b.) The same code in React Native can be used for both iOS and Android. This impacts the app development and cost to a great extent.

c.) React Native has a huge community support. It has many third party plugins and frameworks that can be utilized to build a unique app.

d.) From the time React Native has been launched, there is a great stability and constant development. It is evolving with new UI components and features.


What is react native


How React Native changed the rules of app development?

Native React is a powerful JavaScript that can support both the platforms in a cost effective way. React Native help developers use declarative self-contained UI components and fast development cycles, while retaining the speed of the app. The main objective of Facebook was to create new app to let millions of Facebook account holders manage their accounts and create new ads on the go. React Native enable things faster. However, the rules of app development have changed because of React Native.


React Native is a new technology and building new app on this technology carried some risk. The app needed to contain a lot of complex business logics to handle multiple ad formats, currencies, time zones, date formats etc. It is written in JavaScript and hence, it is easier to implement most of the UI surfaces.It is ideal for those who want to build displays with huge data. Product engineers can get benefited by implementing the above data, if they know React Native.


React Native can provide tailored user experience, which is much important for customers. With this powerful JavaScript, app developers can bring out the best in both iOS and Android platforms. React Native is highly beneficial to the app developers, as it has many features. Here are some tips to complete task using React Native.


Supports multi-platforms

The most important question for app developers is to determine which platform to choose to support the app. Well, countries such as – Western Europe and North America are dominated by iOS, while Android is prominent in the rest of the countries. More than 88% of smartphone users run android.  React Native eliminates the choice, as it allows developers to maintain single code for iOS and Android. Instead of constructing parallel code base in Java and Swift, app developers can use the same code base.


One thing we can say is React Native can substantially reduce the cross platform challenges and offer a great user experience.


Try with web apps

If you want to test how React Native works, you should try with web apps. Remember that whatever works on desktop may not work on smartphone. Moreover, it is not an easy task to port from web to mobile. However, app developers can reuse the code from web apps that is written in React Native. The best thing is web app developers who used React Native can easily do mobile app development.


Companies that have web apps can use the front end of their website and convert to mobile app.


Why react native has an edge over platforms


Identify the needs of different platforms

When it comes to cross-platform app development, app developers have to face a number of challenges. There are a lot of differences in terms of hardware, OS support, coding language etc. Before you use React Native,conduct a testing to ensure that the features you build across different devices that vary in screen size and shape.


Check if the designing and developing screens render cleanly in Android and iOS.  As the react community is matured, the needs of native code have decreased steadily.


Avoid porting between platforms

As we all know, though the user interface of Android and iOS look same – there is a vast difference in the code. Making an app in both the platforms is not an easy task. However, React Native changed the rules of app development and made it easier for developers to make extensive use of hardware.


An app developed in iOS can be easily rolled out for Android within a few weeks. This means, React Native has reduced the conversion times drastically. Make sure to check for proprietary features and interface issues before going to the market.



It is difficult to estimate the impact of React Native on app development. However, app developers can focus more on meeting user needs, rather than worrying about the device configuration. App developers can reuse a lot of pre-existing JavaScript libraries. React Native has seen an impressive growth since its launch.


Today, app developers are using React Native as it enables them to focus more on their brands and less time on framework. React Native help you break applications into discrete components, which can be iterated on different products. When you build with React Native, the code is highly predictable – which means you can iterate it with confidence.


The apps developed using React Native are highly reliable and it is easier to scale the applications.

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Rahul Singh

Sr. App Developer

Rahul has been associated with the apps industry for more than 9 years now. He has seen the apps economy grow from its nascent days to a full fledged industry with its complete ecosystem as of today. His interest lies in pursuing and getting to know the best app development technologies, processes and platforms. He is truly an app enthusiast. In his free time he loves playing console games and reading history.

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