For years, cross-platform development has taken over the app market as the most balanced, budget-friendly, and fast-paced approach. While native development, despite awesome user experience and performance, is out of reach of most businesses because of higher development cost, the “one size fits all” approach of hybrid development has terrible shortcomings in terms of native platform-specific user experience and performance. Cross-platform development brought to us a middle path between these two approaches.
The popularity of cross-platform development can be considered as a parallel phenomenon with the emergence of React Native library. React Native, in many ways, brought the best of cross-platform development advantages to the palate of the developers. A React native development company can develop highly native-looking and fast-paced apps that run on both iOS and Android while maintaining the platform-specific user experience.
There are lots of benefits of using React Native for mobile app projects. But the below-mentioned advantages remain the most popular for the vast majority of developers.
Reusable code and components
One of the greatest advantages offered by React Native is the ability to reuse code across multiple platforms. Mainly because of this code reusability, developers no longer do not need to build separate iOS and Android apps for achieving native user experience and functionality. React Native allows reusing 85% of the core codebase across platforms. Developers can also reuse the code used in a mobile app project for a web app project. Obviously, this results in great savings in terms of development cost and time.
On top of this, React Native comes with component-based architecture and allows developers access to a lot of out-of-the-box, pre-coded system components. By reusing these system components, developers can easily incorporate native user experience and features while saving time in building these components from scratch.
Hot and Live Reloading
Thanks to hot reloading and live reloading, developers can make code changes in a running app or in real-time. The ability to fix coding errors and optimize the code without interfering with the performance of the running app makes app updates extremely easy.
Smooth UX and UI development
Apart from the most talked-about advantages such as code reusability and component-based architecture, React Native offers a rich UI library to help developers shape an app’s look, feel, and user experience with ease. No wonder, React Native apps when running on iOS and Android platforms, provide a platform-specific look and user experience of the native apps.
The core strength of the React Native library is the robust and rich repository of native UI components that can play a great role in shaping the organic user interface and user experience. This is one of the reasons why the React Native apps built for iOS and Android provide such a native look and feel of the native iOS and Android apps. React Native provides you ready to use components for deep linking, push notifications, buttons, text blocks, etc.
Powerful App Security
While native apps are widely preferred for security-savvy app projects for their stringent security protocols and standards, hybrid apps mostly rely on browser security settings and are often vulnerable to security breaches. React Native cross-platform apps without needing you to embrace an expensive native development approach provide you the same multi-layered security as the native operating systems.
React Native, just like native apps, always rely on tried and trusted APIs and tools for app security and hence almost similar security as the native platforms. Most importantly, React Native is closely monitored and offers out-of-the-box testing tools to reduce security loopholes and coding errors that are vulnerable to security breaches.
Robust community support
React Native, having been the most popular technology for cross-platform app development in all these years, boasts unparalleled community support. React Native has several thousand regular contributors all over the world, and on developer platform GitHub, it garnered a whopping 85000 stars as of now. Developers from top tech brands such as Microsoft, Callstack, Infinite Red, and many others contributed hugely to enriching the framework.
For developers, it provides robust online resources across a multitude of developer forums and platforms. You can just go to developer forums and resource repositories such as StackOverflow, Codementor, Reddit, and several others to access instant help regarding any issue in the app development process.
Out of box Debugging tools
A crucial advantage of using React Native for your cross-platform app project is access to out-of-the-box debugging and testing tools. Most importantly, developers can simply carry out debugging by using browser-based tools. React Native allows app developers to do debugging just by using Google Chrome DevTools. This tool allows debugging simultaneously with the ongoing development process.
This out-of-the-box debugging tool makes things simple and boosts productivity for the developers. Developers can instantly debug their apps, even during an ongoing app project, and make sure the code remains free of bugs and errors. This for cross-platform app projects saves a lot of development time and consequently lowers the cost as well.
All these advantages made React Native the most loved technology for cross-platform app projects. In fact, React Native set the standard and benchmarks that all emerging cross-platform frameworks are now following. At least, shortly, React Native is likely to remain as invincible as it is now.