React Native Development
In 2013, when the Facebook team first introduced ReactJS to the tech world, it was the beginning of something more useful- React Native. Until then, Facebook was dependent completely on HTML, which resulted in slow retrieval of data and had some performance-related issues. In 2015, React Native was released and made available to the public on GitHub. It was then made open-source too. Within just three years of its inception, it gained immense popularity in the software development world.
Today, React Native has 92.7k stars, 3.7k views, and 20.4k forks on GitHub and also one of the most popular repositories.
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What is React Native Framework?
What is React Native Framework?
React Native(RN) is one of the most revolutionary frameworks designed for the development of cross-platform applications i.e. applications compatible with multiple platforms or operating systems like Android, iOS, etc. It has the capability to expand across other platforms if discovered in the future.
Despite being as young as five years, React Native development has become much popular. The reason behind its soaring popularity is its ability to develop high-performing apps in lesser time while keeping the budgets under control.
Why the name ‘React Native’?
RN is very tightly coupled with React. RN makes use of React for developing the components of the apps. It follows almost the same design principles used by React to enable the creation of a rich mobile user interface. Besides, RN develops cross-platform and hybrid apps that come with native-like properties. Hence, the name- “React Native” was given to this framework.
Is React Native really ‘Native’?
Well, RN is not purely native, but the developed applications are much closer to native-like look, feel, and experience. This framework utilizes similar building blocks like Android and iOS platforms which makes the resulting applications perform similar to native apps.
What does this Framework Promise to One and All?
- React comes with a thorough and highly functional approach for creating attractive UIs. In short, the app UI is expressed simply as a function of the ongoing state of the application.
Besides, React maintains high app performance without compromising on any capabilities because it works separately from the main UI thread. The update cycle in both, React and React Native is the same, so, when state or props change, React Native re-renders the views. The major difference between React and React Native in the browser is that React Native does not use HTML and CSS mark-up, but utilizes the UI libraries of its host platform.
Today, this vibrant technology has been widely adopted by thousands of businesses globally. It is a favorite choice of coding beginners, experienced engineers, and business leaders. React Native development is extensively employed for a wide range of industrial applications. Facebook, Instagram, Skype, Microsoft, Snapchat, Airbnb, Tencent QQ, and Uber are just a few names amongst the ones who chose React Native development for some or the other part of their projects.
Some Thoughts of Robert Sekulic on React Native
Robert Sekulic, who was VP of marketing at Shoutem and is now a partner in Prototyp, quotes his thoughts saying: “React Native is just an abstraction, based on native code, which allows you to write cross-platform or even use native code when it’s impossible to abstract the concepts from iOS and Android technology. Apps built with React Native are very responsive, scalable apps with complex animations and concurrent logic. How can you know that? Just take a look! Here are the apps already built using React Native: Airbnb, Instagram, Skype, Wix, Tesla.”