From fully native mobile app development, businesses are now quickly shifting to cross-platform development. The cross-platform development lets you cut down on the expenses and time needed for app development by enabling you to use the same codes across both iOS and Android platforms. Introduced by a Facebook software engineer Jordan Walke, React Native is an open-source framework that lets you build a mobile app depending on JavaScript alone. Since React Native can support this vision, it has become the rising mobile solution and the future of cross-platform mobile app development. Here we discuss the benefits and challenges of React Native for cross-platform mobile app development.

React Native advantages

  • A resourceful community: Since React Native is an open source platform, the documentation related to this technology is open for all and is freely available for all in the community. Hence while depending on React Native, you have the greatest advantage of using a community-driven technology. While facing any issues during the development process, you can always take help from the community experts and also get some useful information online. By collaborating with other members, you can also fine tune your coding abilities.
  • Pre-built components and reusable code: Over 90 percent of the React Native code can be used between iOS and Android. React-Native’s pre-built components are available for the developers that can significantly quicken the process of mobile apps development. It is most likely that there are codes available for the functions that you might want to incorporate in your app.
  • React Native’s simplified UI makes it possible to implement the perfect order during the app development process.
  • While using react Native, you can access native modules and JavaScript modules.
  • Modular architecture: the modular nature of React Native helps segment the functionalities of the program into modules which facilitates flexibility. The developers can also update and upgrade the applications quickly. The modules can work well both with the web and mobile apps and hence can be reused.
  • A treasure of ready-made solutions and libraries: The React Native users can access a long list of libraries and ready-made solutions that can facilitate a mobile app development in several significant ways. For example, using the testing libraries, you can write flawless and bug-free codes. Tools like Flow and PropTypes can facilitate a successful type checking.

React Native challenges

  • The faster, immature and newer React Native can impact the programs in a negative way. Some cases can lead to unpredictable instances. React Native framework is fast developing. Developers need to catch-up with the new updates with regard to their apps. Not updating an app can give only a poor result.
  • For components that are not compatible with React Native, you might have to write codes externally.
  • Though JavaScript is a very powerful programming language, it is a weakly typed language. Since some engineers can lack type safety, it can become difficult to scale. So, the engineers might need to adopt other kinds of integrations like TypeScript and Flow to the existing infrastructure.
  • React Native might not be a good choice for developing apps that will need several interactions, complex gestures, screen transitions, and animations.