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What is React Native?
What is the difference between ReactJS and React Native?
React Native: Advantages and disadvantages.
React development agency
New to React Native? This article will help you learn the basics and determine if hiring a react development agency is the right thing for your business.
Let’s dive in.
React Native is a framework for developing native mobile applications. It was created by Facebook, Inc. in 2015.
React Native is a relatively new and fast-moving platform in the cross-section of iOS, Android, web, and cross-platform frameworks. When considering which technologies to use to build a mobile application, it is worth understanding what a native application is and how it compares to the cross-platform approach to app development. A native application is an app developed for a specific platform. For iOS, a native application is built in an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) called Xcode, and the language can be both Objective-C and Swift. For Android, the IDE is Android Studio with Java and Kotlin as the languages.
The difference between React (ReactJS) and React Native is that React is a code framework for building websites, and React Native is a code framework for building native mobile applications on iOS and Android. React uses HTML, CSS and JSX, while React Native uses its own similar versions.
There are some things to consider before you start looking to hire React Native developers. If you already have an existing native iOS and Android codebase, then trying to centralise your business logic in React Native may not be worth the effort because, in practice, you end up maintaining three codebases instead of one. Furthermore, applications that need to access all the features that a platform offers - such as multithreading or audio and video processing - are more efficiently built natively instead of using a hybrid approach. Development teams solve this problem by introducing native modules that allow them to access these platform features not currently supported by React Native. However, this can start to defeat the main advantage of using React Native and results in code duplication since the native modules have to be written in iOS and Android. Another consideration is that React Native code can be hard to debug because it introduces a layer of abstraction between your code and the platform's services.
The disadvantages of using React Native are more of an issue for larger companies with legacy code and a strong customer base. For younger startups, this would be considered a good problem to have.
React agency is a relatively new term used for design and development agencies that write code in the react ecosystem. Our main technology stack at Lucky Duck is based on React.js. We also work with other frameworks such as Gatsby.js, React Native, and Next.js.
React Native is the industry leader in cross-platform development and a strong competitor to native app development. It is a compelling option for new products because it makes cross-platform development much easier, faster, and cost-effective, so it may be worth talking to React Native experts early on when considering new projects.
If you are unsure where to start check out reactnative.dev. You’ll find a blog with valuable information and a lot of additional resources.