React Native app development: yes or no?
React Native in the development world became very popular recently. Developers and development teams started learning this framework and formed a great community. Code inspiration team is not an exception, working with React native code for more than 3 years we decided to publish this article in order to share our experience with our followers. Before moving forward to pros and cons of the React Native technology, let’s define what is React Native as a framework itself.
- Mobile apps for IOS platform
- Mobile apps for Android platform
- Web apps
- UWP (Universal Windows Platform)
In many sources you will find explanations, telling that React Native Framework will provide you with a possibility to write code for mobile apps which will operate exactly like native code for IOS and Android apps, in addition to this, the developer will use the code and its components for both platforms, IOS and Android. Sounds really impressive, and will make you think: why then should I do the development twice for each platform using native mobile technologies?
But let me ask you another question, why then AirBNB started using React Native code for their mobile apps development and launched their first set of components using React Native to support their iOS and Android native apps in 2016 and then STOPPED using it in their development processes in 2018?
React Native Pros and Cons
When to use and not to use React Native in the development?
Benefits of React Native
React Native framework. Worth trying if:
- the app is simple and doesn’t require great performance
- the app doesn’t contain complex API connections
- the app doesn’t contain a number of third-party tools for integration
- the app doesn’t have to be animated or animations
- you need just an MVP version of your app
Disadvantages of React Native
React Native framework. Doesn’t worth trying if:
- the app is big with the complex logic
- the app contains animations
- performance of the application is of the high priority
- the app requires high level of security
One important thing any React Native developer will tell you, you will anyway need to write native code to bridge gaps in the functionality of the app.
Using React Native
Note for React Native developers and development teams:
Tip for the customer
Besides the fact React Native is young itself a technology, the attempt to provide a solution for ReactJS developers to develop not only web, but also mobile apps using React Native is great, and besides the fact that React Native is still a young technology and apps are not that good in some cases in their performance, the tendency that nowadays, customers and developers are provided with an option to choose a less expensive way to create their projects seem optimistic. ReactJS developers and ReactJS development teams now can fully build a product which will contain web and mobile applications for 2 main platforms on the market IOS and Android. Like in each programming framework there are pros and cons, however experience of our developers shows us that React Native is worth trying.