React Native – the ultimate software development tool.

You’ve probably heard about React Native before, most probably from people praising the technology. Chances are, though, you’re still trying to figure out what exactly it is, and why all the hype around it. If so, this article has got you covered.

What is React Native?

At its core, RN is a React-based framework that allows using JavaScript to build high quality native mobile applications.

Ok, now what exactly are native apps?

Native applications refer to software built for a specific mobile platform (iOS/Android) which are, therefore, “native” to that environment. This is so because apps for different mobile platforms operate on different coding languages. Android apps are usually built with Java (or Java-based Kotlin, recently), while iOS applications utilize the C family (Objective-C, Swift).

So, traditionally, when developing a cross-platform mobile app you would have to build an individual version of the app for each of the platforms, which means having a larget tech stack, two sets of developers (or ace engineers that are keen in both tech sets, which you may be sure spikes the pay rates quite a lot), and overall – double the workload on the project. Doesn’t sound too efficient, does it?

This is where React Native comes in handy, allowing devs to create a single copy of an app that is shared between the platforms. Essentially, React Native serves as an interpreter – you write in JavaScript and the code is then “translated” to each of the mobile platform’s native programming languages.

Therefore, for those targeting both of the major smartphone markets – React Native can save a ton of time and money. It is simple, fast, very convenient, and unlike many other frameworks that promise high-quality native apps – actually delivers on the expectations.

What about a Web application?

Well, this may already seem too good to be true… However, you can actually strike a triple jackpot when developing a web app on top of the native ones – with React Native

Web library.

The underlying principle here is just the same as with React Native: one JavaScript code copy rendered smoothly to fit each of the platforms. Some say it’s a coder’s dream come true (the one where PHP no longer exists).

Who else uses React Native products?

React Native is in the technical arsenal of such reputed brands as:

  • Facebook (who originally developed React)
  • Skype
  • Instagram
  • Tesla
  • Walmart
  • Airbnb
  • Soundcloud
  • Yeti Smart Home
    And many more.

As you can see, RN is not just another fancy software development tool on the market, but a capable technology adopted by giants of the industry with millions of daily users.

Still wondering whether React Native is the right choice for your project?

Contact quality.code team and we’ll answer all of the questions!