With constant evolution and awe-inspiring innovations in technology, the world of mobile apps is not an exception either and is tremendously changing as well. The boom in the number of smartphone users is triggering huge demand of mobile apps as they are the gateway to achieve maximum outreach. With a huge demand and diversity of users and devices, it is conspicuous that the mobile apps need to be compatible to various platforms i.e. they need to be Cross Platform. The cross platform development allows an app to have same features and functionality on multiple platforms and thus can be termed as the need of the hour.
Redux is one of the major benefits of React Native. It enables the developer to define a global state for the app. Fetching and management of state with redux is an easy and more sensible option. The global state defined with redux is common to both android and IOS which saves a lot of time and effort.
Components break the complex User Interface into smaller parts. A simple React Native component looks like this:-
The related elements are wrapped into a component. Such components can be used anywhere in the app by simply exporting and importing them. Thus, code can be reused as many times as needed.
Importing a Component
Using an Imported Component
Every programmer hates to re-build or re-deploy the app just for the sake of previewing a one-line UI change. React Native solves this issue with the help of hot reloading and live reloading. Hot reloading refreshes the files that were changed recently, whereas, live reloading refreshes the entire app when any of the files are changed. These concepts save a lot of developer time.
React Native gives a consistent and native look-and-feel to the apps i.e. the User Interface of a react native app is not any different for Android and iOS from the native platform apps.
With React Native, most of the code is shared between iOS and Android, which allows the development for both the platforms simultaneously. Thus, you can save up to 30% (may be even more) development time on your app. Hurray!!!!!!!! Could it be any better?
React Native is a very powerful framework as we can judge from the above points. Yet, it is a very new technology and lots of work needs to be done on it. It can effectively decrease the cost and time involved in development but for very complex applications where many native APIs are to be used, time involved could be high. But as it is still in the growing phase, these problems can be expected to be solved with time.
The popularity of React Native is growing very fast and so is the community. In the future, many advancements in the framework will be witnessed for sure. In the end, we can say that React Native has a bright future in cross platform mobile application development.December 23, 2017