Flare Up Your App Development With React Native

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Flare Up Your App Development With React Native

React Native is a cross-platform app development tool. Learn more about how you can use it to create a high-quality app for multiple platforms.

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Regardless of whether you are in it or not, we are living in an era which can be summarized by one word – digitalization. Almost every technological innovation that created hype a couple of years ago is absolute now. The latest advancements have changed the way we use and adapt things.

In the recent years, technological evolution has been driven by portable devices. Whether it be smartphones or tablets, instead of laptops and PCs, everything changed, and with the current rate of change of technology, it is vital to get in touch with the current happenings in the market.

If you have used mobile app versions of Facebook, Instagram, and Airbnb, you have already experienced the power of React Native. Even for new developers, React Native is a way to display your ideas in the most elegant way.

How Is React Native Different From Other Cross-Platform Tools?

If you are new to React Native, know that it is an open source project on Facebook. It gives developers the flexibility to build cross-platform mobile apps with JavaScript. React Native is quite like React, which is Facebook’s popular JavaScript library for building one-page applications.

React Native is not like your usual mobile app development frameworks, like Cordova or Ionic. Those run inside of a web view, or a “hybrid app or “HTML5 app,” but React Native has its own interface with impressive command-line architecture.

With that being said, it is necessary to understand the differences between the platforms. Although the user experience is unique for both platforms, you need an app that feels natural for both, and React Native can help you achieve this.

The best part of React Native is that if you find a feature that is not supported by the React Native library, you have the luxury of writing your own Native Module in the corresponding language, which can easily be linked to your React Native codebase.

How to Get Started With React Native

Although there are a lot of React Native app tutorials out there to get you off the ground, you can start with this Udemy course.

Facebook also released Create React Native App. This tool simplifies the process of the setup of React Native apps.

If you already know a few things about React Native, you can simply dive into the documentation.

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The Developer Experience Matters a Lot

From the developer’s point of view, the interchanging of code between Android and iOS is really hard, but React Native does the job well. The most accommodating feature is the ability to reload immediately. The average load time is around 30-60 seconds. This saves tons of time and makes it easy to edit and rewrite the code without waiting for build time.

React Native uses heavy CSS styling known as flexbox. There are several resources where you can learn flexbox. Flexbox froggy is a game that will help you to learn in a fun way. The best practice is to create objects for each style and apply in-line styles.

Another thing to keep in mind while coding React Native apps is that you cannot use HTML tags in your Javascript, because you are writing for mobile, not for the browser. Instead, most of the components are built using the React Native library.

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Explore More of React Native

React Native is a perfect example of what can happen when we apply ideas that have proven successful in one area of software (web), to a seemingly separate area (mobile).

With React Native, there are so many forums that you can join and explore new ideas. There is so much to learn and create. Even if you don’t have any features, the best part is, you can create your own using the React Native library.

Here are some famous apps that were developed with React Native:

  • Instagram
  • Tesla
  • Skype
  • Airbnb
  • Uber Eats
  • Bloomberg
  • Walmart

Bottom Line

It goes without saying that vast opportunities of RN resulted in multiple applications that are not as famous as the mentioned ones, but still take their niches. Nevertheless, the aim of this article is not to put readers in touch with popular RN-based apps, but to disclose the enormous potential of this framework for the world of mobile software.

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