Ever since its release in November of 2016, there’s been a significant amount of buzz about React and React Native in the development community.
React Native doesn’t only change the steps necessary to create a workable native app; it significantly alters the existing paradigm by emphasizing a declarative syntax, functional programming, and one-way data flow. This also makes it much easier to isolate problems and tackle bugs when moving from state to state. With React Native’s view declarations, it becomes much easier to manage any possible contingency when users operate your app.
Based on my experience with React Native compared to other similar frameworks, it really feels as if the former bridges the gap between Android and iOS much more adroitly than the latter. Too often, existing frameworks talk about making an app seem native to both platforms, only for resulting apps to feel like they belong on neither.
There’s certainly a lot going for React. As an iOS developer, I appreciate its ability to widen the potential platforms that I design for without a lot of input on my end. And, given its relative recency, I look forward to seeing how the React Native community continues to galvanize the field of mobile development.