React Native is like React, but it uses native components instead of web components as building blocks. So to understand the basic structure of a React Native app, you need to understand some of the basic React concepts, like JSX, components, state, and props. If you already know React, you still need to learn some React-Native-specific stuff, like the native components.
To find a perfect fit for your team, you need to establish who that would be. To give you some examples: a good teammate, excellent level of English, business knowledge, with 3 years of experience, growth-attitude, etc.
To filter the best possible hires, you need a set of steps. We call it a hiring funnel (it’s a lot like a sales funnel). Establish how you want to check your candidate’s skills, way of thinking, culture, and team fit. Prepare questions in advance and take a team member to the interview.
Hiring React Native developers seems difficult because there are a lot of them in the market (but not everyone as experienced and promising as you wish), and there is also high demand. A well-thought-out process is your key to overcome these obstacles.
React Native is so popular, quite a few major business enterprises are well-acquainted with the software. Companies that use React Native include the following:
You can bet that the popularity of React Native is backed up by some very real benefits to help your business out.Here are some reasons why companies use React Native:
It takes far less time to write the majority of code for one app on React Native than to develop separate, stand-alone apps using Java, Swift, or some other native-supported language.In React Native, when developing apps for multiple platforms, much of the code is reusable from platform to platform.This saves time during app development and allows your business to release the app to the market sooner rather than later.The slogan, “write once, use everywhere” accurately conveys one of React Native’s primary advantages and why many big companies that use React Native made the switch in the first place.
The apps you build with React Native won’t just be web applications but native apps just like the apps built with native code in Java or Swift.This means developers’ number one fear – sacrificing performance – can be curtailed.
Developers have the option to use platform-specific languages if they want to.This can be helpful if you want to add a third-party service, like mobile payment. In programming, this technique is called bridging.
React Native is community-driven. Like many open-source frameworks that have gained popularity, React Native has many developers flocking to forum boards to seek knowledge when necessary or offer advice when needed.The Github React Native Community is one source to go to for some solid discussion about the framework.There is also Reactiflux, a large chat server where developers can get solutions to their problems and answers to their questions.
Some features of React Native make it well worth the investment. First and foremost, installing React Native is simple. You only need the Node Package Manager (NPM) and a single line of code.Once you start developing, your developers will probably like the idea of having Live Reload handy.This is a feature that lets developers modify the code from one screen and see live updates on another. It’s a great way to make sure your code runs as desired.Another tool worth mentioning is Expo. Expo allows React developers to send their apps from their computers to their own mobile devices for testing as well as share the app to others via a private link.
You can go ahead and mark React Native down as a tried and trusted framework. Not only does Facebook itself use the framework, but so does Instagram, AirBnB, and Uber Eats.There are many other React Native examples too and you’ll learn more about the companies using React Native in a moment.
While it may come as a surprise – after all, React Native is used by top tech players – it’s still in beta. Your developers might come across various issues with package compatibility or debugging tools. If your developers aren’t proficient in React Native, this might negatively impact your development as they spend time on troubleshooting.
Despite its maturity, React Native still lacks some components. Others, in turn, are underdeveloped. The chances are you won’t have a problem with that, as the majority of custom modules you need are available, well-documented, and working properly.However, it might happen that you will have to build your solution from scratch or try to hack an existing one. When developing your custom modules, you could end up with three codebases (RN, Android, and iOS) for a component instead of only one. In each of those codebases, there can be differences in behaviour and appearance. Fortunately, those situations don’t come about often.We had problems with making shadows work in our React Native application, as the custom library was only available in a beta version. Therefore, we decided to write our own custom solution to make it look the same as it was in the native application.
Implementing some native features and modules necessitates having detailed knowledge of a particular platform. The lack of out-of-the-box support for many native app functionalities (e.g. push notifications) used to be a significant issue with React Native development.As the community grows, more and more open-source libraries provide easy access to native platform features. Nevertheless, the implementation of some more advanced features might still require help from iOS and Android developers.Their input depends on the complexity of your project, but you need to bargain for them when kicking off with React Native. This might be an issue for small teams, in which developers don’t have any native mobile experience.
The most obvious alternative to React Native is the separate development for native iOS and Android platforms. As mentioned before, this involves having two teams developing two different apps. This might result in the apps becoming inconsistent, and you won’t be able to reuse code.
If you want your app to really “feel native” or aim at achieving maximum possible performance, native apps are probably still the best way to go. Better documentation and the wider availability of off-the-shelf solutions to popular problems are some other advantages. Be aware of the cost and time implications though.
Currently, the most popular cross-platform alternative to React Native is Flutter, a relatively new mobile application framework developed by Google.It is based on the Dart programming language and takes a different approach to implementing cross-platform features.We found out that it can provide excellent performance and a native look to the apps developed with the help of the framework. As Flutter is quite new, the community is much smaller than when it comes to RN. Also, bear in mind that it is easier for frontend developers to switch to React Native (especially those with some React experience) than to learn a completely new language and framework. Dart might be easier for Java or C# developers, though.
There are many other alternatives for cross-platform mobile development. NativeScript is a framework that allows developing mobile apps using web frameworks like Angular or Vue.js. Xamarin uses the C# language and, like RN, it compiles the code to native controls.Ionic is based on rendering app inside a WebView, which can be slower than other approaches. An interesting alternative for a simple application might be developing a Progressive Web App, a special type of website adapted for mobile and offline use.