Avantika Shergil
by on January 30, 2020

React Native is a cross platform app development framework that helps the app developers to make eye-catching cross platform apps. It was released by Facebook and is a more accessible medium to develop cross platform apps to mobile app development companies. A cross-platform of Hybrid app is compatible with many platforms which include Android and iOS platforms. 

Earlier if a business needed to deploy its app on two of the world's most popular app platforms:- Android and iOS, then they would need to develop separate apps for both Android as well as iOS. These apps were called as native apps. Building a React Native app is much more cost-effective than building native apps; let's see how.

Code sharing between iOS and Android

React Native has a significant advantage over native app development platforms. The 90% of the code used in Android and iOS app development in React Native is similar. It proves to be a significant benefit because it eliminates the need for having two separate app development teams, one single team can easily accomplish the task of building apps on Android as well as iOS.

Reduced time due to hot reloading

React Native contains an essential feature known as hot reloading, which allows the coders to see the effects of their changes in the code in real-time. Whenever a coder compiles the code, it takes a few seconds to give the result. These few seconds when added up eat up hours of productive time. Hot reloading helps in reducing this time by providing instant real-time results.

It allows the developers, freedom to implement their code in real-time as it compiles the code quickly and sees the effects of their code on the program. Hot-reloading thus helps in faster mobile app development, as the developers can now work in tandem with the designers and testers. 

For example:- If the colour of a particular button is not showing correctly, then the developer can edit the code and show the results to the UI/UX developers. Speeds up the process as the UI/UX developers can give them. It goes ahead instantly, once the design is satisfactory.

Easy to learn

React Native is easy to learn for any programmer who has learned Javascript. Apart from this, React Native takes the declarative programming route, which makes it easy to understand for the developers. New developers can have a look at the code and understand it in a jiffy. It is suitable for a company as it can quickly assimilate new developers on a project, and the fact that it is easy to learn the framework makes finding React Native developers easy and cost-effective. 

  Only one team is required

You will require two separate groups of developers, one for iOS and the other for Android, in case you are planning to develop two native apps. With React Native, you will require the only team as your developers will need to know only Javascript to write code in React Native. Hiring only one unit instead of two reduces the costs substantially.

Extensive community support reduces time

React Native has over the years garnered the assistance of a vast developer community. The community members regularly contribute to the React Native community, making it easier for novice developers to learn the tricks of the trade quickly. The plugins developed by the community members make the development process faster for everybody else in the community. 

Moreover, whenever React, Native developers get stuck, they can easily take help from the community to get out of the rut. It speeds up the development process, ultimately reducing the costs. 

Reusable components reduce the development time

The ability to reuse components is another significant advantage of React Native. Reusable blocks of code can be stored and can be retrieved as and when necessary in the code. It saves ample of time on the part of the developers, which is wasted in re-building the same components. For example, your developers can save the buy button, UI code if it is repeated many times in your e-commerce site. Thus, it removes the hassle of writing codes for login button repeatedly.

 This function speeds up the process and hence reduces the number of hours taken in the app development, thus reducing the cost of app development.

  Maintenance of app is less costly

Support of an app in React Native is cheap because it contains a single code. It allows your developers to maintain the app easily as compared to maintaining two separate codebases. Having a single codebase will help you in detecting bugs and in giving the app a performance boost much easily as compared to having two apps.

The thing is that the work does not end once you have finished developing the app. Constant changes will be required in the app to keep it updated with the latest developments in the market. Your development team will encounter many bugs in the process, with React Native the virus solving process will be much easier and faster as your developers won't have to fix bugs for each native app separately. Also, Facebook helps the React Native developers by releasing regular updates, thus making the process of error fixation easier.

Easy integration

Your React Native developers can easily integrate libraries like Xamarin and PhoneGap into your app and add various features to the app in a short period. This smooth integration with multiple libraries multiplies the effectiveness of your React Native app as it allows the app to leverage the power of these libraries in a fast and effective manner.

You can integrate various essential functions like geolocation, encryption, calculations and payment gateways into your React Native app easily using these libraries. 

It helps in reducing the cost of the app as your developers do not need to waste hours, developing code for each function separately, and they can instead focus on building other components of the app. 

Wrapping it up

The popularity of React Native has made even names like Instagram, Airbnb, Skype, Pinterest and uber to look up and take notice. These companies have started using React Native into their companies and are reaping rich dividends from it. React Native lets developers build good quality hybrid apps super fast and in a cost-effective manner.