React Native was initially developed for iOS by Facebook, and later they extended it to Android. React Native can be considered as a framework which is still in the early phase of development. There are many cross-platform mobile application frameworks; however, React Native is becoming the more preferred technology for developing applications. React Native can be used to develop mobile apps for Android, iOS, Web, and UWP by enabling developers to apply to React along with native platform capabilities.
React Native can be considered in the very early phase as it was first released in the year 2015, and the recent stable release is still version 0.63. The technology enthusiasts around the world are expecting a lot from this open-source framework which is developed by Facebook. As the React framework, which is widely used by developers for developing Web applications. However, the fact is React Native is a bit far away from the expectations. Here I have tried to show what the developer community is expecting and what is the reality. For that, I have prefered the following points to compare state, i.e. expectations and reality for the React Native.
It is considered that developers can quickly learn to react Native; however, in reality, it is not that easy. The similarity of names of React.js and React Native often create confusion. In reality, the React Native technology has a minimal resemblance in common with web applications and is not that similar to React.js. When it comes to learning React Native, various factors can affect the learning, and it differs from an individual’s experience, skills, and capacity/will to learn. If we consider the technical aspect, mobile & web app development is somewhat similar, but not that same.
It is considered that a React Native developer can build the application for both the operating system (iOS and Android) and the ecosystem is the same. However, it is not the same as the developer needs to work in the native app ecosystem and need to install other supporting libraries and packages required for developing the application. In the real world, A single developer can’t develop both (Android and iOS) applications.
DevOps for React Native
DevOps allows for implementing the CI/CD pipeline, but it again has some limitations as needs to be implemented separately for android and iOS instead should provide its own implementation separately which works for both platforms to be more reliable and stable. React Native (RN) development is very young compared to native app development.
The performance of the application developed in React Native is dependent on various factors. Earlier the performance of React Native was less but considering as it is in the early phase and continuous updates are made by Facebook and the contribution of the developer community around the world is keeping the performance of React Native is check and improving as it is evolving.
Tech enthusiasts think that as it is an extension of React Framework for mobile application development, it will have very few limitations. However; React Native has limited compatibility with libraries for Android and iOS.