What mobile app development technology will help achieve business goals is the decision every CTO mulls over. The technology affects the key factors associated with development cost, convenience, future maintenance, coding complexity and ultimate release. Among a few cross-platform frameworks, React Native allows you to deliver high-quality apps for both iOS and Android platforms at faster pace.
Here we will discuss significant pros and cons of React Native framework to determine if it is an ideal choice for cross-platform development.
Unlike typical native apps, React Native has debugging that is not tedious and tiring. Design process gets massive boost as visualization of the creation becomes easier. React Native offers hot reloading, a feature that allows code changes to reflect in iOS and Android apps immediately. As a result, React Native developers are able to quickly see how the changed code affects the app during its running state. Thus, waiting time for changes to take effect is negligible, which accelerates the process speed.
Native controls and modules offered by React Native contribute to performance improvement and deliver native-live experience. During the app run, React Native interacts with native components of respective device platform to directly render code to its native API. This phenomenon of RN using the native APIs eventually nudges the performance up.
React Native does not limit your experience with native-style wrapper for browser-based apps. As it uses native components, the app created with it feels and looks very real and native. The final product is so subtle you will not be able to find difference between an app built with RN or any Android or iOS programming language.
Another exciting pro of React Native is the Ready-to-apply components which you can use instead of writing code from scratch. These components come handy when developers need to speed up and simplify the process and build simple forms of functionalities. Thus the framework also helps make the process slim with small development cycle.
Being a cross-platform technology, React Native allows you to share good portion of codebase across iOS and Android platforms. platforms. This is beneficial even when many of your app features are quite different for both OS. This becomes a competitive cost-saving factor. Developers feel comfortable targeting multiple OS with only minimum amount of coding efforts. This means you can have budget-friendly operations where there is no need to specially hire specialized professionals for various OS development requirements.
Since React Native is an open source project, any developer who has unique offering can contribute to the framework. The community is rich, full of experienced developers who you can approach for quick issue resolution. There is a positive chance that you will get right guidance from RN experts out there.
React Native makes sure the apps are stable, functional and robust since its data binding protects the accessibility to parent data. When there is a need to change any object, developers would modify the state to apply new updates, which adds control to how much of components can be changed.
Due to its incredible quality, reliability and performance stability, big brands like Facebook, Walmart, Instagram, Airbnb, Skype and a few others rely on React Native for their apps.
The fact that React Native is a proprietary of Facebook, we can’t help but think that development will be jeopardized once Facebook withdraws its support. The power and competitiveness will fall short if that actually materializes though, as major big companies depend on it, this does not appear to happen soon.
React Native, albeit quite usable, is still a smaller platform than iOS and Android that have large communities and ready-made third-party library and APIs in case you need an immediate solution. RN is not equipped with as much third-party components that work in expected fashion or that are have community enough to be updated frequently by creators.
In conclusion, considering all the pros and cons of resorting to React Native for cross-platform app development, we can be positive about Facebook’s app development framework. When it comes to experiencing simplicity, speed and affordability, any mobile app developer would favor React Native framework. Modern and sophisticated, React Native can handle intricate app with evolving resources. Its community is still growing, which means we can hopefully expect its cons to turn into pros with time. At the moment, Spaculus does consider React Native to be an ideal choice for developing apps for both iOS and Android. In future RN will offer more mature components using which we would be able to build advanced functionality and features.
Helena is a digital and content marketer who works at Spaculus Software. She is working with B2B companies and provide useful and engaging content that converts viewers into customers.
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