Are you still writing native iOS or Android code for creating mobile apps? It is high time to re-evaluate the approach to mobile app development and choose right set of tools and frameworks to get the job done for higher ROI and rapid development.
There are many platforms and tools available out there in the wild when it comes to mobile app development. Different alternatives to native code development have their own advantages. The most prominent factors in choosing a specific app development platform depends on the below key factors –
If you are making apps for one specific platform only, then going native (swift, objective c for iOS and java for android) is the preferred choice, simply because you get the best performance and the latest APIs and features to work with.
In case if you are developing a mobile app for multiple platforms – iOS, Android and Windows then apart from considering native development, cross platform app development should also be considered before taking a final decision on the technology to be used.
The biggest advantage you get here is the single code base to develop and maintain, and that too, without learning any new technology, if you are already a web developer.
However, the biggest disadvantage here is that the application runs in the webview, and not natively on the hardware. Due to this the application becomes less performant than the native Android or native iOS applications. But then, all apps are not required to be super performant, it is a tradeoff and decision that you need to make upfront depending on the complexity and interactivity needed for the app.
React native is relatively new but an excellent option for rapid mobile applications development, and you can target both iOS and Android. React native is the open source framework from the house of Facebook and is used for developing native iOS and android apps.
Some example apps developed using React native are SoundCloud Pulse, Discovery VR, Facebook Ads Manager, Bit Wallet, Squad, Myntra and Running.
Inorder to use React native, you need to understand JSX. JSX is the XML like syntax extension of ECMAScript. Once you get hands on with JSX, writing React native UI components becomes absolute easy. Ofcourse, additionally you also need to work with Xcode, iOS simulator and command line tools for building Android version of the app.
There are different methodologies to app development and many platform choices, not one is the universal fit for all kind of app development needs.
Many developers just love Java and continue to do Android development in Java without thinking twice about other available options, same goes with developers working in Objective-C. Not to argue, Native app development gives the best performance and smooth user experience.
With React native, you get ease of development, better performance and great user experience in the end.