Major Aspects that Differentiate ReactJS and React Native
You must have heard about Facebook Ads Manager app. It is the first full React Native-based, cross-platform app by the parent company of React Native, Facebook! Yes, the Facebook team has developed and released React Native framework back in 2015 and it has gained ground among the developer’s community swiftly. Apart from cross-platform apps, React Native app development is useful for developing desktop apps thanks to its vast community support.
Now comes another term- ReactJS or React.js. Many people believe that React Native and ReactJS are the same. But, let’s clear here that when you hire ReactJS developers, they may not make cross-platform apps! Read on this post to clear your doubts as we are going to discuss certain differences between React Native and ReactJS from the viewpoints of structure and use cases.Let’s start with the obvious question.
What is ReactJS?
What is React Native?
• Set up and Workflow
In React Native, developers need to start from scratch. In other words, they have to set up everything first before developing an app. It is easy and rapid app development platform. Developers need to run just a single command line in terminal to start coding. As React Native is a framework meant for developing cross-platform mobile apps, it is necessary to use Xcode (for iOS apps) and Android Studio (for Android apps) to run the app.
ReactJS allows developers to play with animations, whereas, React Native offers freedom to come up with innovative animations.
• Tools for Developers
Rapid app development is one of the biggest benefits of React or ReactJS. It offers a few great tools for developers while giving them get rid of installation. It can save a lot of time and effort. Also, ReactJS enables hot reloading to enable developers to make small changes to the app style and theme.
You can hire ReactJS developers to leverage the benefit of Live Reload. This feature makes it easy to add big changes in the app logic, and your app can reload when developers change its code.
React Native developers also use many tools available in ReactJS. For example, Chrome Dev Tools are present in ReactJS that are necessary for inspecting network requests and debugging. Redux DevTools can also assist developers for inspecting elements. But, the native inspector is not much useful in React Native because it is not possible to inspect DOM during React Native app development process.Also Read- Native vs. Hybrid Apps: What to Choose in 2019?
After going through key differences, it’s time to jot down the business benefits of both ReactJS and React Native.Key Business Benefits of ReactJS
- DOM (Document Object Model) in ReactJS can manage data inputs and outputs faster than traditional refresh model. It eventually enhances performance and increases the speed of writing program or developing a web project
- Reusable code components can further save the developer’s time and efforts
- Higher debugging speed in ReactJS can assist developers to complete their projects rapidly
- SEO part is supported by the possibility of rendering pages from the server to the browser
- It contains native modules for better performance, appearance, and speed of cross-platform apps
- It enables the developers to reuse code and a common logic layer across iOS and Android platforms, which reduces the development time
- It allows developers to take an agile web-style approach to build customized apps with ease
- High performance, responsiveness, and agility are a few characteristics of React Native mobile apps
- React Native enables developers to add UI components directly into the existing application’s code to save time of rewriting the code
|Syntax||ECMAScript 6, JSX||ECMAScript 6, JSX|
|Set up||Single command line to run the platform||One command to set up|
|UI Rendering||DOM||Platform-specific APIs|
|Styling||StyleSheet API, No CSS||CSS Stylesheets and Modules|
|Animations||Animated API||CSS Animations, React Move|
|Navigation||React Native Tools||React Router|
In brief, components are different in both React Native and ReactJS, but syntax and workflow are similar. It is better to contact a reputed ReactJS development company to know more about them.Concluding Lines
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