React Native Could be the Right Choice for Your Organization’s Next Mobile Application

Why Your Next Mobile App Project Should be on React Native

You may be weighing the cost and benefits of building a mobile application for your business - but if you're ready to make that decision, you may be asking yourself, "where do I start?"

Look no further. React Native is the framework for you!

React Native is a user interface framework that allows developers to write native mobile applications in Javascript using React, a popular modern UI library for developers. There are numerous benefits to building an application in React Native.

React Native Advantages for Enterprise App Development

Cross-Platform

React Native is a cross-platform framework, which means that you can create your application for multiple platforms, such as Android or iOS, using a single codebase.

Does this mean the app looks and behaves the same way for Android as it does for iOS.

Not entirely. Cross Platform In some instances, you may need to modify a single component to appear or function differently on alternate operating systems. Imagine you want all buttons on Android to have a lime-green background with a Roboto typeface but want those same buttons on iOS to appear with a light blue background using the San Francisco typeface.

Since React Native preemptively built in this functionality, many cross-platform obstacles are resolved by allowing for platform-specific custom code. Applications built in React Native, on average, share upwards of 90% of the code, which does not have any conditional logic based on the operating system.

Less Resources Required

Since React Native is a Javascript framework, resources and components already integrated into your organization's existing website and/or other systems can easily be replicated into the mobile application.

Drew, a full-stack developer at Code Authority, said, "I am a full stack web developer by trade, but I was able to easily transition into creating apps with React Native. Before picking up React Native, I had very little experience in enterprise app development."

Since React Native only requires a single codebase to develop a cross-platform application, only one team of developers is needed - thus, lowering the overall project costs. In a traditional mobile development project, you would have two groups of developers with different skill sets and expertise. A native Android application is written in Java, whereas a native iOS app is built using Objective-C or Swift.

Additionally, resolving bugs and adding or modifying components will typically only require implementing one solution as opposed to replicating updates on two or more separate platforms.

Quicker Time to Production

Quicker Time to Production The debugging and emulating process in React Native is much quicker than with server-side languages, such as Java, Objective-C, or Swift, because it's built entirely in Javascript.

Additionally, React Native has a hot reload feature, which allows modification to the code while its running in the emulator, and changes are displayed immediately upon refresh. This quick and visual debugging process allows for quick turnaround times on bug fixes, component additions, and enhancements.

React Native also has over the air updates with a process called CodePush, which allows new features and enhancements to be deployed directly to the user’s device.

Used By Numerous Prominent Organizatons

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • UberEats
  • Walmart
  • Pinterest
  • Bloomberg
  • Skype
  • Tesla
  • Wix
  • Discord
  • Salesforce
  • Tencent
  • …and many more!

Disadvantages of React Native

Given the numerous benefits and advantages of React Native, you may be curious to know why every application wouldn't be built in that framework. Why do native applications still exist given the cost-effectiveness and visibility of a cross-platform app?

One of the more convincing slights towards React Native is scalability; namely application performance. Compiling and loading the entire JavaScript bundle can be cumbersome, especially for larger and more functional applications, thus resulting in a slower load time.

However, some organizations have found a bridge to circumvent performance issues by building the majority of the application in React Native and writing the complex or heavy code in their respective native language.

Should I Build My App in React Native?

If your organization has made the decision to build a mobile application to help improve your marketability, efficiency, and effectiveness, you must consider React Native.

Code Authority's mobile application development team specializes in building apps in React Native, as well as native mobile applications. Contact our enterprise app development team today for a free project consultation!