The Origin of React Native Framework
Top Reasons why React Native development is Widely Adopted
Owing to the myriad benefits React Native offers, it has already been used by famous giants like Instagram, Skype, Airbnb, Tencent QQ, SoundCloud Pulse, Tesla, Walmart, UberEats, Baidu Mobile, and many more. So here we have outlined some of the top benefits it offers to the ones using it.
Cross-platform Functionality: This framework allows developing a single code and using it on multiple platforms, thus providing cross-platform functionality. React Native enables code sharing of about 96% codes with additional API integrations. Due to this, it eliminates the need to know Swift for iOS development or Android-specific Java language; thus saving time and effort.
Native-like Performance and UI: This technology makes use of native modules and components which leads to the development of natively rendering apps. As a result, these apps have performance and UI close to native apps.
High Efficiency at Minimal Costs: Due to the features like code reusability, ‘hot reload’ feature, declarative coding style, etc. the development process becomes faster and quite efficient while ensuring cost-effectiveness.
Flawless API Integration: Since this framework comes with the feature of using components, it is much easier to fetch data from the APIs. For instance, if one wants to integrate the ‘Google Maps’ feature in the app, React Native allows linking of the plugin with the Native module, thus allowing easy customization of the app.
Ease of Code Transition: This framework allows easy transition of the code from React to Native code and vice-versa without much hassle. This is so because with some caution, React Native easily aligns with native platform conventions.
The Downsides of React Native Development in Brief
Though it is a successful and highly beneficial technology, yet it has its share of quirks. Let’s explore them:
- Although this framework has been in the market for more than 5 years now and is one of the highly engineered frameworks, many bugs are found while coding, and several other issues are faced.
- The React Native developers quite often face package incompatibility issues.
- Also, the custom module ecosystem of React Native is still quite small and several modules are still in their beta versions.
- Since the framework is owned by Facebook, there are rare chances that Facebook may someday end this project and a plethora of apps built using this technology may get closed or not function up to the mark.
We have seen how React Native has become a winning choice for developing high-performing native-like apps. Despite being a comparatively younger technology, it is being widely used in commercial projects. Many tech-Gurus and technology enthusiasts even claim that this framework has a dazzling future and will soon dominate the software development world.