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    Today, the development of mobile applications is more important than ever, and there are many programmers dedicating more on mobile development for iOS and Android. This is the era of smartphones. According to Statista, mobile apps will generate approximately 189 billion dollars in global revenues by 2020.

     

    However, there are many alternatives to choose to create mobile apps, but the two most important are the development of native apps and the use of React Native. This last option is gaining ground against more traditional mobile development languages such as Swift, Java or Objective-C.

     

    What is React Native?

    React Native is an open source framework created by Facebook in 2015 that is based on JavaScript and is used for the development of cross-platform apps that can be used on iOS and Android at the same time. Originally, React was just a JS library to create user interfaces, but thanks to the addition of several components, such as Flexbox and React Redux, it became a complete framework.

     

    Pros of React Native

    a) It is easier to use: Because we are working with a JavaScript derivative, it is easier to learn and use than a new language like Swift. Due to its multiplatform condition, you can use the same code for iOS and Android. In this way, it is possible to complete the app in less time and with fewer programmers.

     

    b) Open source flexibility: With React Native, it is possible to inspect the code to better understand the framework, and even have the opportunity to improve it by correcting errors or adding new features. In addition, you have a good community to help you.

     

    Cons of React Native:

    a) The programming language: JavaScript, despite its popularity, hides several traps inside. While Java and Swift/Objective-C are compiled languages of strong typing, JavaScript is an interpreted language without typing, so its variables can be anything at any time, and a code apparently well-written is actually a disaster.

     

    b) Does not support all APIs: React Native is not compatible with all APIs, it is only compatible with the most used. In cases of incompatibility, you must use native modules, which will be written in other languages, when it is assumed that we should not leave JavaScript.

     

    c) Smaller community: React is still in its maturation stage, despite being born in 2015. That's why it doesn´t have a community as large as native languages, and even worse, the number of third-party libraries available is also limited.

     

    Pros of native languages

    a) All APIs supported: Developers sometimes prefer native languages over React Native precisely because they can use all APIs. No need to rely on external modules or third parties, or worry about updates.

     

    b) Larger community: Native languages, especially Java, are backed by a large community. There is a wide variety of third-party libraries at your disposal, as well as tips and guides to solve any problem.

     

    c) Better performance: As far as performance is concerned, the native development is undoubtedly the winner, because it adapts better to your Operating System. That gives you an advantage when you want to create an app that uses complex technologies like IoT or AR/VR.

     

    Cons of native languages:

    a) More difficult to use: You will need to design and program the iOS and Android applications from scratch, and you will have to deal with the learning curve of learning and mastering new languages like Swift.

     

    b) Greater spending of time: You will need more developers and more time to create TWO applications that are adapted to iOS and Android. You will have to use different solutions for different environments.

     

    Conclusion

    In summary, your team of programmers must choose between React Native and native real languages according to their needs. If you are going to create an application for a single platform, it is best to use real native frameworks. Even more, if your app needs to be compatible with the new updates of the mobile OS. It will be quite complex and heavy otherwise. However, if you have a small team with limited time and resources, which already knows JavaScript and React, it is preferable to use React Native. So, you can create an app quickly and without problems, that behaves the same on both platforms, without compromising quality and efficiency.

    React Native vs Real Native Framework  Which is better for Mobile Apps?

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