The App Owner’s Introduction to React Native

Feb 24
2021
Owner’s Introduction to React Native

Whether you own an app or you are having one built, it is important to stay up-to-date on the latest technologies and systems that can make your app better. React Native is one of the new technologies that is proving to be a game-changer when it comes to app development. Originally developed by the team at Facebook, React Native is a framework that can be applied to apps to help solve one of the biggest problems that affect app development today. If used correctly, it can be used to supercharge the performance of your app across a wide selection of devices and platforms. In this article, we discuss what you need to know about React Native as an app owner.

The Basics of Responsive Design

Responsive design methodologies were developed in response to the growing number of devices available for people to use it. Digital assets were developed with specific resolutions in mind, which made them less effective depending on what device they were viewed on. Elements made using responsive design systems can change their shape and size to fit the different size screens that they are viewed on. By using responsive frameworks to build a website, one copy of the website can be used on any screen that the framework will allow it to resize for.

The Solution: React Native

There are many responsive frameworks available since this is a problem that the industry has been trying to solve for more than a decade. Those responsive frameworks work in different situations and with differing degrees of success. The development companies and other developers need a system where they do not have to worry about how the different frameworks will react in different situations. They need a single solution to make development faster, more affordable, and more effective at solving the problem.

React Native is a solution that Facebook came up with and it has a widespread adoption across the industry. It is designed with benefits specifically for developers that make it one of the best choices available. Many companies are switching to using React Native on projects and its use is expected to grow exponentially over the next few years.

The Benefits

React Native has specific benefits that make it a great option. Its primary focus is to create a responsive framework for websites and applications. However, it can be a framework for a lot of options that companies need to make their applications more useable. Some of the biggest benefits include:

Backward Compatibility

Companies are often hesitant to adopt new technologies because they do not want to lose their investment in what they already have. If the new system is not compatible with the old systems, then the company will have to reinvest in something to replace those old systems. With React Native, this is not a problem. 

React Native is backward compatible, meaning it can work with just about any older system that companies could already have. If stead of replacing those systems, they can simply update them for more functionality.

Widespread Support

React Native has is based on JavaScript, one of the most popular programming languages available. This means that, like JavaScript, React Native should be able to work in just about every ecosystem available. Essentially, the developer can build an application by writing the code in Reaction Native one time and it should work on all platforms eliminating the need for coding in multiple languages.

Easy to Learn

React Native is easier to learn than many other frameworks that are available. A big part of its ease of learning is that it is based on React.js, a framework built on JavaScript . Many of the most important functions have been compiled into easy to use code, making React Native easy to program language that is consistent in its application across different platforms. 

Versatility

Perhaps the best part of using React Native is that you can use it on any platform. React-Native works by reading the code that the programmer creates, and implementing code that is native to a platform. If a platform’s native language is C++, a developer’s JavaScript-based code is converted to its equivalent in C++ without losing quality or creating problems. This means that React Native can be used on any platform that supports JavaScript, which is nearly all platforms.

Conclusion

Getting the most out of the implementation of React Native is one of the things that we focus on at KitelyTech. Our application development team works directly with clients to incorporate new frameworks, such as React Native, into their projects. The results continue to show that React Native is an effective solution for many web application problems. At KitelyTech, we have the training and experience to help you get the most out of your application. Call us at (312) 254-8248 to discuss starting your next project with React Native.

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