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React Mobile Development - The Golden Mean

This blog is dedicated to the discussion of most effective techniques for mobile app development and, in particular, react mobile development.

As we discussed in earlier blog, in today’s digital world, internet is the place where all our customers are, and it is very important to establish our presence there. The are 2 ways it is done; one is the web page, and the other is mobile application. In this blog, we are going to talk more about mobile application.

The edge that mobile apps provide is that it allows us to use all the available features on the mobile device, as in, enable communication via chat/call, enable geotagging to make them unique offers etc. Apps enable us to be connected with our customers 24x7.

Now, there is no doubt that every business needs a mobile app that builds brands, increases customer base, builds loyalty, and increases revenue. So, lets delve into developing the mobile app. There is more than one way to create apps. You are free choose the option that suits you the best. We shall be able to guide you on the path based on criteria such as your performance rate, development time, cost and so on.

There are four main technologies that we want to discuss in this blog

  • Native Applications - The most typical case of mobile application development using the proper programming language.

  • Hybrid Mobile Application - A framework that allows creating mobile applications using HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript.

  • React Native - A technology that can be used to create apps with the React JS framework.

  • Angular 2 and Native Script - We can explore the way we can take best from two different frameworks.

Native Apps - Work Fast but Development is Expensive

Native application development is straightforward. We choose the platform and we use the proper programming language. In case of iOS, we use Objective-C or Swift and in case of Android, we use Java.

Native mobile application, as the name suggest, is native to the platform and thus offers performance. But, looking from the perspective of team development, once we select the platform, we need to hire experts who are experienced with that programming language. Should we need other platform, then we need to hire a different pool. Thus, the overall cost is higher. Moreover, each platform requires using of specific technologies and programming languages. It means that despite following the general idea, the initial project divides into the several little projects which usually increases the development time.

The possible solution that helps eliminate the described disadvantages is hybrid applications.

Hybrid Applications : For those Who Want to Save

Hybrid application development involves the use or web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript for mobile application development. One of the main pros of such approach is the ability to build applications that work on multiple platforms spending a minimum of efforts. This enables a single development team to adapt the working code for various environments.

The makes the process of creating a multi-platform much simpler in terms of needing a single team to handle it and require a shorter time to implement it. The obvious benefit is the significant reduction in cost and time.

However, the technology does have its weakness. Hybrid mobile apps can be described as web pages that work inside the native browser with the ability to make calls to the native API. You can build a great UI, but some details will defer from the native applications behavior. If your goal is a high-loaded application, then hybrid application is not a perfect choice.

In case you want to save resource and at the same time want to have higher performance, we can look at React Native.

React Mobile Development: React Native

React JS is a framework that was created by Facebook and can be used for building reusable UI components. React Native in its turn allows building mobile applications using React.js. There are plenty of additional modules and tools created to work with this technology.

React brings in modern technologies, namely, isomorphic JavaScript and Virtual DOM that noticeably increase performance level. React application development process little bit different when we compare it to traditional web development. The reason is in React, creating UI components requires developers to use HTML-like programming language called JSX. This means that the developers shall have to learn some new tricks before getting into React. But this seeming inconvenience can be fully compensated by the ability of code reuse which is particularly important in our case.

The developer can simply define how the UI component should look like according to the input data. Then, React will do the rest of job applying changes following the changing of the component’s state. The created components can be simply reused for building a mobile application for iOS or Android. I

Thus, using React enables us to reduce the development time and at the same time ensures that we keep the overall cost comparable to hybrid application development.

In case of performance, it works pretty smooth even in case of highly-loaded applications.

Angular 2 + Native Script = Native Mobile App

We always have the possibility of combining available solutions to bring the best of the worlds.

Angular is a framework that was designed for creating so-called Single Page Applications. It can be a suitable candidate for our project if we want to fast and response website. But in our case, we want to get mobile applications as well. This drives the need for Native Script framework. With its help, we can develop multi-platform mobile applications. Thus, Angular can be used for creating the application that will work as a website and if needed rendered as a native application by Native Script. In this case, instead of using native browsers, we use elements of Native US for rendering the applications. Thus, we are able to get better performance in a cost-effective manner.

To summarize:

1. High priority need is to have extreme performance and cost & time can be higher – Native Apps are the way to go.

2. Priority is to have justifiable performance in a shorter time with cost-effectiveness – React mobile development is the way to go. It also enables code re-use.

Should you be interested to know more about mobile application development, please visit the mobile application development web page.

Please feel free to get in touch with in case of any queries.

Thanks and Regards

Hariharan Raghavan

Regami Solutions


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