The future of React Native – Viewpoint from early 2019

The year of dynamic approaches and robust advancement in technology is finally here and the users expect a lot of development in the mobile applications in 2019. Now, most application developers prefer creating applications on a cross-platform to increase efficiency and productivity.

React Native is a cross-platform supported by a Javascript framework for mobile development. It allows incorporating iOS and Android applications using a single code base. It was primarily created by Facebook in 2013 and released in 2015. Many renowned applications like Facebook, Instagram, Airbnb, Tesla etc. use React Native to create their mobile functioning applications.

Recently, Facebook has introduced new features of React, one of them is Context API for delivering stateless app components apart from its two frameworks, Flux and Redux. Flux is popular among the creators while Redux is popular among the community members.

One of its distinctive features is that It uses native APIs to render to Android and iOS components. It is much faster and easy to use as it runs JS which communicates with the native UI components instead of compiling the entire application to a native language.

React Native is comparatively easier to use than Flutter or Ionic which are also trending in terms of delivering a world-class Native experience as mobile app developers. However, it is still considered as a new breakthrough in the mobile market with its own pros and cons.

Pros of React Native

Cross-platform development

It enables the developers to develop mobile applications using a single code base which is beneficial to integrate both iOS and Android applications using the same coding style though, there might be some specifications involved using a certain language.

Faster Development

It has numerous ready to use components which increases the speed of the overall process in a short time-frame.

Hot Reloading

This is a great option for all the React Native developers as it keeps the application running while implementing changes at the same time. It increases efficiency and enhances performance too.

Interactive UI

It offers an interactive and simplified user interface which allow the users to enjoy a more responsive UI and detect bugs easily.

Pre-built components

React Native also reduces the cost and time by providing pre-built components for free through an open-source library. Not only this, but developers can also reuse the code for iOS and Android provided that it has been written in React before.

Cons of React Native

Requires Native Code

It still requires a native code to integrate certain features depending upon the complexity of the project.

Open Source library

React Native comes with a detailed description of various platforms. Studying about each platform to run effectively requires much time. Also, it is difficult few irregularities if the mobile app developer only knows about one or two platforms.

Lack of components for a seamless UX

It still lacks in providing the clarity in few of its custom modules despite the changes made, few of its components still require to be developed and documented properly to create a seamless UX.

Complex Applications

Developers might experience technical difficulties while creating a more complex application that includes complex gestures or animations to React Native. Although it uses a gesture responder framework to signal all its native features. But for a fully integrated API, the subsystem of iOS and Android are excessively different.

Wrap up

Viewing from the future perspective, React Native clearly has the potential to prove itself in the mobile application market. It is still worth considering as it creates high performing applications in relatively less time than most of these mobile application development platforms.

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