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Things You Should Know About React Native

What is React Native? 

React Native is an open-source framework that is widely used to develop native mobile applications for both iOS and Android, i.e. cross-platform apps. Likewise, it is also used in the Windows platform. It was created by Facebook, Inc. It builds the user-interface under the assistance of the JavaScript library. In simpler language, it is based on React. The applications created from this framework are generally written on JavaScript or JSX. Besides, it also uses the native rendering Application Programming Interfaces. This will incorporate the real mobile UI in your applications.  

React Native Implementation 

The framework has its working principles virtually like React. However, it does not manipulate the DOM (i.e. cross-platform interface that treats an XML or HTML document as a tree structure with nodes and objects). In other words, bridges an app with a target platform. For example, apps consisting of JS code and native by bridging.  

Benefits of using React Native 

Making use of JavaScript 

It makes a lot of use of the popular programming language, JavaScript. This makes it very facile to find developers. Besides, the popular, simple, and swift nature of JavaScript makes things even better.  

Better User-Interface and Exceptional Performance  

At this moment in time, most of the frameworks use a series of programming languages such as JavaScript, HTML, and so on. However, this certainly causes a lag in performance. Developing high-resolution animations will take a lot of time and endeavor and still, it will not be persistent.  

Cross-Platform Approach  

React Native is quite effortless to catch up for any developers. Likewise, it is used in both mobile and web application development. To add ice on the cake, most of the codes in framework are sharable. This makes it easier for developers to work on a single project.  


Another tempting feature of React Native is Hot-Reloading. This feature saves a lot of time and effort. It allows us to observe all the changes done in the code without needing to refresh the page continually.  

Certain Drawbacks of React Native 

New to the market 

React Native was founded in 2015. It was first launched for iOS and after few months, it was available for Android as well. Since then, it has evolved exceptionally. However, there are still certain rooms rectification.  

Strenuous Debugging 

It is quite difficult to debug in this framework. It adds an extra application layer which makes the process of debugging very complicated. 

Underestimated approach  

Developers often time underestimate React Native by considering that a programmer only proficient in JS can handle the nooks and cranny of this framework. However, during certain tough times (like creating plugins and themes), a significant experience in this framework is Crucial.

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Sushant Singh Basnet

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