Major Reasons Why React Native Should Be Used for Mobile App Development
There is a trinity of mobile app development that business owners want to achieve. They want a mobile app that helps them reach their many customers, they want an app that is inexpensive (but still contains a lot of features), and they want their application to be launched as quickly as possible.
Because of the very limited development tools back in the day, an app development company would have to resort to creating native applications. Should the client want to have an application on both iOS and Android, they would have to create an application for each operating system separately. This not only increases development time significant but it also increases the costs as well.
Furthermore, native applications provide the best performance possible, but their biggest limitation is that it only works on one operating system.
Obviously, that is not part of the trinity that I’ve touched upon earlier. So, how will clients remedy this to achieve that trinity?
Well, they would have to invest in cross-platform mobile app development. There are many frameworks out there today that allow developers to create such applications, but one thing stands out from the rest and that is React Native.
React Native is a development framework that was created by the people behind the popular social media site, Facebook.
This dev framework aims to allow for easier cross-platform app creation that would make both developers and clients alike happy.
In this article, I will go over some of the major reasons why you should use React Native for developing your mobile applications.
- It Uses Only One Codebase
In a typical mobile app development scenario where developers create native applications, they would have to write one codebase for every operating system. As I’ve alluded to earlier, that would increase development time by a lot.
Using React Native provides you with the benefit of writing only a single codebase that works on all platforms.
- Highly Adaptive and Reusable Components
WebView components were the standard before when it comes to developing hybrid (cross-platform) apps but because it is fairly limited in what it can do, it doesn’t bode well for the developers in the long run.
React Native contains reusable native components that allow developers to compile their code in a native container which, again, means that you can use the application on any mobile operating system available.
- Requires No Rewrites
When the developer already has templates for an application (with some common features), they won’t have to rewrite everything as they can just use their existing code in React Native (and trust me, it works).
- Allows 3rd Party Plugin Compatibility
One of the major drawbacks to native app development is that developers are limited in the frameworks they use. Some frameworks only use plugins specific to only one operating system environment which severely hampers app development.
React Native makes use of a library that allows 3rd party plugin compatibility so that you can use things that would help you test the application’s features using device and OS-specific environments.
- Low-Code Framework
Developers would no longer sink a lot of time when it comes to coding their applications since this development framework shortens the coding process so you can focus more on the stuff that really matters (adding more features and testing).