Cross-Browser Compatibility and React.js Web Apps
Are certain frameworks or libraries better for creating cross-browser compatible web apps? We explore the React side of this question.
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Sometimes I feel that events in life happen in a sequence so that you regularly come across 'cringe' moments. Like when you have sand in your mouth or you hear the excruciating sound of nails against a chalk board. For me, personally, the worst cringe-worthy moment is when I come across a really bad web app or website. When I say bad, I mean Internet Explorer bad (just kidding, it’s a nice browser). Directionless navigation, features that are not working, bad design, and painful UX. But, the biggest problem is missing cross-browser compatibility.
Coming back to the question at hand, what makes React so great?
“Write once, use everywhere.”
Cross-Browser Compatibility With React Native
While a cross-platform approach helps us to build robust applications, cross-browser compatibility, to some extent, remains a pain. We turn to its parent ecosystem, the biggest benefit of using React native is that it is similar to React and even Preact so if you want you can use this to your advantage. While building a web app you can leverage the predefined set up and save yourself from the hard-work. It comes with a PWA setup too, using service workers without any additional burden.
It even offers brilliant features, like live reload, that allow you to update or change the source code on the go. It is really impressive as it brings a certain sense of freedom that other frameworks/libraries simply don’t offer.
In addition, React implements a totally different DOM system which is independent of the browser. The implementation is done in order make the application cross-browser compatible.
Memory leakage is less when you use React Native, which directly results in improved performance.
In the case of event handling React Native has a similar approach to React. Event handling is similar to DOM manipulation with little syntactic changes. Synthetic events are defined by React in accordance with the W3C specifications. Instead of stings, you can pass a function event handler (JSX is really amazing!).
There is no point in repeating the extensive coding functionalities. Thanks to the limitless community support (Facebook has been investing a lot of resources) it is easier for developers to find various tools. If you read previous blogs about Babel and Webpack, you'll know how helpful it is to have their support. The React framework ensures the proper functioning of both of these tools along with a few others. The bottomline is you can go crazy about using library functions, they will take care of smaller sized bundles and cross-browser compatibility too.
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