Back in the days, when you as a developer is constrained in a shell for developing either apps, websites, or software individually and that so by learning specific language(s) for each of them. Many of us just stay back in our shell by focusing only on targeting specific platform whether its mobile, web, or desktop. And some of us who dare to target multiple platforms had to learn that other language to develop our products, which we all know takes a lot of effort and time.
Then in the middle, some frameworks like PhoneGap, Xamarin, Cordova, and HTML5 came into existence by introducing support for developing mobile apps using their framework so as to increase the scope for an individual developer to target more than one platform. But as the time goes, developers and users of those apps developed in frameworks like PhoneGap, Xamarin, and others, experience lack of performance and huge difference in resulted app as compared to native apps in many areas such as touch feedbacks, and, basic animations.
Fast forward to 2015, when social-networking giant Facebook Inc. introduced an open-source mobile application framework, which I guess we all know named React Native. But many of us don't know that it was first appeared in 2013 as Facebook's internal hackathon project and later they officially announced in one ReactJS Conference in 2015. It is used to develop applications for Android, iOS, macOS, tvOS, Web, and, Windows by allowing developers to use React's framework bind with native platform capabilities.
## Benefits of using React Native for your next mobile app:
Using React Native, one can speed up their development process and let the framework do the most of the processing for making your code compatible for native platforms like Android & iOS.
Ability to Reuse Components
React Native allows you to create reusable components which you can later on in your development process use somewhere else in the project or in completely different project.
Hot Reload or Fast Reload
Like many other cross-platform technologies and frameworks, React Native also facilitates developers with Hot Reload or Fast Reload feature using which they can instantaneously see their updated changes and make new changes appropriately. That is the beauty of React Native or we can say beauty of almost all cross-platform technologies or frameworks that they support or provide feature like Hot Reload. It can drastically increase developer productivity too.
Intelligent Debugging Tools & Error Reporting
As the framework evolves, it also brings intelligent debugging tools and error reporting features for developers to debug their product while in development and improve upon it. You can use Chrome or Safari browser developer tools to now debug your React Native mobile apps, isn't it great to do something like that.
Huge Community Support
As React Native is the first of its kind for cross platform app development, it gains a lot of traction worldwide among developers and is grown into a huge community of developers waiting for helping you out if you stuck somewhere and there are many who are continuously contributing to the open-source framework for either improving existing functionalities or adding their custom components for the use by other developers.
## Drawbacks of React Native to consider before jumping into it:
Steep Learning Curve
Not Suitable for Complex Apps
As we all know that React Native is still a growing framework, it is still not suitable for complex apps which require higher processing or complex animations or something out of the box requirement from your client. But there is a ray of hope for you if your app requirement is not that tricky and big in size. And for everything else, you can reduce some complexities by learning and practicing day in and day out for your upcoming product.
Third-Party Compatibility Issues
If your app is hugely depending on third party libraries then React Native might not be your cup of tea as there are many compatibility issues while using some third-party library. You might be struggling to re-initialize your existing project with deprecated third-party libraries for hours due to react native updated version or NPM updated version or anything suspicious which can frustrate you as long as you resolve that issue.
You should definitely go for React Native for your next big idea which you want to convert into something which can be used by your potential users. But just double check your app's requirement with what React Native has to offer. It is best for developing your app's MVP which you want to showcase to your potential client or user. It is also best for your small or medium sized applications with basic features and functionalities. It's not the best choice available but also it is not that worst for not giving a thought. Contact Space Stem Experts for your next big app idea.