Reasons to Consider React Native for Your Next Mobile Application

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When we say mobile application development, there are two major ecosystems. To develop iOS and Android apps, we need experts in Swift or Objective C, Java, Android SDK, and Cocoa Touch. The list keeps growing with other testing tools and libraries of both these ecosystems.

Developers managing two codebases and delivering world-class application experiences in both these platforms are adding new features to the product effectively in a defined timeline and optimizing the product in line with the latest SDK releases of both the ecosystems. It simply takes time.

Let’s look at the promising features of React Native and how it can reduce our complexity in the two types of codebase, and the React Native ways to build mobile applications in a quick and effective way.

1) Learn Once, Write Anywhere

React Native enables us to build world-class application experiences on both iOS and Android platforms using a consistent experience only in JavaScript and React. Under the hood, React Native uses JavaScript engine of the mobile environment and execute our JavaScript there. That’s it – you only need to learn JavaScript; now you have a single and consistent environment to develop in.

2) Exact Native Look, Feel, and Performance

With React Native, we build a real mobile app that’s indistinguishable from an app built using Objective-C or Java. React Native uses the exact iOS and Android UI components and puts those UI components together using JavaScript and React. One major unique difference is that React Native runs the JavaScript code in the background thread separate from the main thread so the user interface is not blocked. Animations are graceful. As a result, React Native apps are graceful and responsive.

3) Faster Development

React Native provides hot reloading, which means every time you don’t need to wait for your Xcode or Android Studio to finish its recompiling. You can just reload your app instantly or see your changes lively when you code. React Native puts their JavaScript code in a single bundle. This bundle is either served from the server or bundled in our application. This means a developer can also utilize the Chrome (or Safari) developer tools for debugging. For UI design, React Native includes Flexbox CSS styling and inline styling. These features of React Native will enable mobile application development to catch up to speed.

4) Faster Updates

These days, everyone needs to update our apps with new features or bug fixes instantly. Especially with iOS, there comes a review process which may take at least two days. Recently, Apple has allowed us to update the app over the air using JavaScriptCore without going through the App Store review process again. Using CodePush, we can deploy our app’s new features directly to user devices.

5) Native Module

If you’ve ever intended to write platform-specific code for some module of your app in order to make use of a platform-specific API, you can do that simply in React Native by writing a “native module,” a bridge between the host platform and your JavaScript code. It’s very simple to write a native module. Facebook has clearly documented this.

6) Reusability

React Native enables us to share application logic across the two platforms, which means we can reuse nearly 70% of code between iOS and Android. It’s worth mentioning that Facebook stated that their Ad Manager application has 87% code reuse across the two platforms.

7) Resources

It’s really very simple and easy to get started with React Native. Here is a list of some of the best available resources:

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