React Native, the Future of Mobile App Development?
Bridging modern web techniques to mobile
When it comes to recent trends in technology, few sectors have experienced the same growth and demand as the mobile app development industry.
With this in mind, programming is still at the forefront of technology and a process which relies heavily on various computer languages such as java, Swift and Objective-C. However, as this particular space expands, specifications and focus have shifted for mobile app developers who need to adapt to an increasingly fast-moving world.
For this reason, many of these developers require improved technology to keep up with such demands and new techniques to build these revolutionary mobile applications. In this sense, while Java and other programming languages are still relevant, the emergence of new platforms such as React Native are increasingly attractive to developers wanting to stay ahead of the competition.
Why is React Native Important for Mobile App Developers?
For a long time, React Native was considered to be commercially unviable. It wasn’t developed or supported enough to produce ‘native-like’ apps.
But the times have changed. React Native is gaining popularity, gaining community support, and gaining more market share. It’s getting easier and easier to write brilliant apps using React Native — and the world is taking notice.
1. Shared Code & Pre-Built Components
Additionally, if you have a web application already written using React, you can reuse much of that existing code. Since all the versions of your application now use mostly the same code, updating and adding features becomes a lot easier and quicker.
2. Native Functionality
Have you ever thought why React Native is called ‘Native’? That’s because the user interface constructed with React Native comprises of native widgets that not only functions flawlessly but also feel consistent.
3. Officially supported by Facebook
As you are approaching a native app on a newer coding framework you always think about if it would be supported well in future or not.
As React Native is directly supported by Facebook Engineering you are assured of the futuristic goals it must be fueled with and the large community support it must be putting up with to make it future-proof in all manners possible.
4. It’s a growing technology
React Native is under active development. Both Facebook and the massive community around React Native are constantly working on improvements for the framework.
If you can’t solve a problem right now because React Native doesn’t have the solution, in a few months the situation might be different.
ReactFlux is a chat community of 25k+ React JS, React Native, Redux and many more developers. It is very much popular community where you can get help for your app from the developers around the world.
5. Tons of people are using it now.
React Native has a thriving community and ecosystem. Developers will be able to find answers to problems other devs has found in the past.
They will also get access to libraries and plugins you can use in your apps to speed up development.
It’s used at some great companies:
- and many more..