Do you know there are more than 5 millions apps that can be downloaded right now!
And, around 5000 apps are getting added daily.
One thing that is very clear from this is that the app development market is heightening like no other technological sector. This has drawn the attention of a lot of new tech enthusiasts, and they are trying to enter into this world of application development. But looking from a developers point of view, the developmental platform is vast and increasing every day.
There are different operating systems like iOS and Android for which apps need to be made, but making the same app for a different OS is time-consuming and costly. For this reason, companies who hire app developers usually prefer those who can use hybrid platforms for making both the version of the app from a single piece of code.
What’s React Native?
React Native comes into play as a platform that can be used for developing apps for Android, iOS, Windows and macOS simultaneously. Even no complex language like Kotlin or XML is required in this process; just a knowledge of Java is enough. These features are what make React Native such a lucrative choice for newcomers.
In the following section, we will go through the other reasons why React Native reigns superior over other developmental frameworks.
10 Reasons for Choosing React Native for App Development
React Native is a flexible, open-source and robust framework for developing apps running on multiple operating systems. First developed by Facebook as a platform for developing their mobile application, many features make it the first choice of developers. Following are 10 such key advantages of react native:
1. Rapid App Development
React Native is a much more flexible and agile platform, focusing on improving the development process’s efficiency. As the same code in this framework is used for multiple operating systems, it is quicker than making each app individually. As React Native uses Java, it also takes much less compilation time than platforms like Swift.
2. Ease of Learning
It becomes much easier for developers to perform a high-level developmental task using a language like Java. Java is something every developer is more or less well versed in, as it has become a part of every school curriculum making it one of the first languages a programmer learns.
Also, being an open-source platform, React Native is a straightforward framework to work on. The open-source community is always there to help the developers with any problem they might be facing, making it easier for the developer.
3. Reusability of Code
React Native has a single code base for both Android and iOS. This means that the developer has to write the code once and use it for developing two different apps, which is very beneficial.
When companies hire developers for their apps, they always prefer hiring React Native developers who can develop for multiple platforms instead of hiring different developers for each platform.
4. Creation of an App from an Existing Website
React Native uses Java for developing apps, and websites also use Java for their backend programming. Thus, if an app has to be made based on an existing website, then the backend Java code can be lifted and integrated into the application. This is an amount of flexibility that not many app development frameworks can offer.
5. Cross-Platform App Development
It is a very tedious job to develop the iOS and Android versions of an app separately as they both use different languages and follow different workflow when done separately. In this case, using React Native is very advantageous as it gets rid of all this hassle and makes apps for both platforms simultaneously.
6. Looks like a Native App
Unlike other cross-platform development frameworks, React Native provides native UI support, which makes the mobile application look more like a web page than a Native App. It allows the developer to use native elements in the existing framework of the application. This helps in improving the user experience significantly, and it is something that no other platform supports.
7. Ability to Provide Personalized UX to users
React Native has this incredible feature of differentiating between different code segments. This provides a lot of freedom to the developer to navigate the backend in such a way that a customised user experience can be provided to each user. This means that people using the same app will be getting a different experience while using the app.
8. Easier Debugging
Debugging is one such task that can be a nightmare for any developer. But React Native has made it very easy by ensuring that if there is a bug in the app, then fixing that on one operating system will also solve the problem on another operating system because of their shared codebase. And with its new “hot reload” feature, developers can rectify errors during their runtime and make changes that they can observe instantly.
9. Third-party plugin alliances
Many third-party plugins make the app development process a lot easier. Complicated tools and features can be easily implemented in the apps without any rigorous coding.
And because of these plugins, the developers can provide a smooth user experience other than the native feel of the overall app. The app takes lesser loading and launching time because of these third-party apps and features.
10. High Future Prospects
Major industries and enterprises are developing their apps using React Native. Well-known market-leading apps of companies like Airbnb, Tesla, Walmart, and Tencent QQ are all developed in a React Native framework. It has become the favorite platform for the app development world mainly because of its time and cost-saving nature.
React Native is a very robust and versatile framework that provides benefits that solves the problems faced by developers to a great extent. Backed by Facebook, React Native has become a prevalent platform for cross-platform app development using Java.
And since it is an open-source platform, new libraries and plugins are added every day. This open-source nature is also responsible for React Native to be used for over a decade and still gain popularity with every passing day.
Harikrishna Kundariya, a marketer, developer, IoT, ChatBot & Blockchain savvy, designer, co-founder, Director of eSparkBiz Technologies. His 8+ experience enables him to provide digital solutions to new start-ups based on IoT and ChatBot.