Why Choose React Native for Hybrid App Development
“How much will it cost?” is the first question that comes to mind when you are going to develop something. Building two separate apps for iOS and Android costs more, take extra time and require a bigger team. With “Hybrid App Development” you can avoid all three of the above and make one app that will run on both platforms. You don’t need a specific IDE or operating system so it reduces development cost. Coding only once saves time and there’s no need for separate iOS and Android developers.
In hybrid app development there are number of platform options available like React Native, Ionic, Cordova and PhoneGap. Every one of them has there pros and cons but React Native stands prominent and famous among all. React Native is open source and is supported by Facebook.
Why React Native instead of Ionic, Cordova and PhoneGap?
Setup (NodeJS installation and all)
For building React Native project node must be installed on your laptop. You can download node from their official website link below:
After installation of node you need to install node module for creating a React Native project for that run the following command:
npm install -g create-react-native-app
Now after successfully installation of this module create a React Native application using following command:
Now go to that directory and in command prompt and start the node server using command:
Install expo client in your android or iOS device then scan QR code generated by node on command prompt to run the application.
You can follow the following link for step by step guide to create and run React Native application:
Selecting an IDE
React Native doesn’t provide any IDE. There are a bunch of IDE’s available online for coding some are as follow:
- Visual Studio
- Web storm
- PHP storm
- Sublime Text
It is your personal choice which IDE do you prefer to write and manage code. As I am a native android developer and using android studio so I prefers web storm because android studio and web storm have same visual environment and it is easy for me to adopt but it is purely your choice.