React Native Developers

Cursor are experienced React Native developers who have produced mobile apps developed using React Native.

React Native Developers

What is React Native?

React Native is a JavaScript framework created by Facebook, which focuses on cross-platform functionality in mobile development to provide “native look and feel” across all platforms.

React Native is so named because it can be used to develop apps which are native to multiple different platforms. React Native writes software using JavaScript, then compiles the code into an appropriate programming language for the device (e.g. Swift for iOS).

Who uses React Native?

React Native has been used by some of the world’s biggest businesses, including Facebook, Instagram, Google, Microsoft, Uber, LinkedIn, and Walmart.

Why choose React Native?

One of the key advantages of React Native is speed. Because apps only need to be designed once in React Native, it is a much quicker process than it would be in a native framework. Businesses have reported that React Native can accelerate development time by as much as 300%.

Updates are much faster with React Native as well. Its ‘hot reloading’ feature means that app updates can be rolled out more quickly, because they don’t need to be installed from the Apple App Store or Android Play; the app will simply update next time it is inactive.

From a business perspective, React Native can also reduce costs due to shorter delivery times, smaller teams, lower HR expenses, and streamlined product updates. React Native is also a free-to-use, open source framework.

Why do developers like React Native?

Developers who are already experienced with JavaScript or React should be able to pick up React Native and start building on it straight away, and the ability to develop for multiple platforms at once saves a lot of time, which is one of the reasons why React Native is a popular choice for development teams.

The ‘hot reloading’ feature is beloved among developers because it allows them to see introduced changes immediately without needing to completely rebuild the app. This greatly boosts productivity and saves time on compilation.

React Native also makes it easier to debug applications, because using the same app across different platforms reduces the time and effort required to spot and fix errors. One fix will resolve the error on all platforms, ensuring consistency across different devices.

Is React Native better than Ionic?

Previously, Cursor used the Ionic framework for app development. Like React Native, Ionic uses the JavaScript programming language and focuses on cross-platform functionality.

However, there are several advantages of React Native over Ionic which prompted us to choose the former.

Ionic relies heavily on web development tools, producing apps which are hybrids rather than fully native. This reduces development times, but it may mean that the interface is inferior and the app is less stable. By contrast, React Native cuts out the middleman and builds components using software optimised for the device and the app, providing a better native experience.

While neither can rival the performance of an app coded separately for iOS or Android, React Native comes closer to replicating native performance than Ionic. React Native apps are essentially native, using the same building blocks as native apps, but with JavaScript to make them cross-platform.

The backing of Facebook means that React Native has better documentation and assured longevity; Ionic has no such backing. Finally, React Native is free to use and open source. The basic version of Ionic is free, but more advanced versions require a monthly fee.

What can you build with React Native?

React Native is ideal for building cross-platform mobile apps which work equally well on iOS and Android. It has been used to build some of the world’s most popular apps, including Facebook, Instagram, Walmart, and most of Microsoft’s Office apps.

From this selection we can see that React Native can be used for all sorts of apps, including social networking, e-commerce, document editing, and many more besides.