ReactNative vs NativeScript – Choosing the best framework

Due to the expanding mobile development industry, it is nearly impossible to choose the best tool for implementing the most lucrative and innovative ideas.

Competition is neck-to-neck! As for me, I would prefer to choose a framework that provides impeccable performance while at the same time is developer-friendly.

Our focus for today is to hand-pick a popular, reputable and easy-to-use best development framework between React Native and Native Script.

ReactNative vs NativeScript: I know questions like Which one is better? Which one is stronger? Which one would you prefer to offer a qualified mobile solution for your business today?

Might be taking a better part of your thoughts right now, isn’t?

I will answer these questions by analyzing and comparing the two frameworks and taking into account their differences. I hope this will leave you in a better position to make an informed choice.

First, let’s start with:

React Native

React Native is a product of Facebook Inc. It is an extension of React JS hence shares tools and principles.

React Native lets you compose a rich mobile UI using declarative components. The main focus of the framework is visual effects, user interface, and impeccable building blocks.


import React, { Component } from "react"; import { Text, View } from "react-native"; class HelloReactNative extends Component { render() { return ( If you like React.js, you will also like to React Native. Instead of 'div' and 'span', you will use native components like 'View' and 'Text'. ); } }
  • React Native lets you build apps faster with hot reloading.
  • It is possible to run new code while retaining your application state.
  • React Native updates the user interface with the help of virtual DOM.
  • It smoothly combines with components written in Swift, Java, or Objective-C.
  • It is simple to drop down to native code if you need to optimize certain aspects of your app.
  • It is also easily building a part of the app to React Native and another part of your app using the native code directly.

 


import React, { Component } from "react"; import { Text, View } from "react-native"; import { MapViewComponent } from "./your-native-map-implementation"; class CustomMapView extends Component { render() { return ( MapViewComponent could use native Swift, Java, or Objective-C - the the product development process is the same. ); } }

Aside from the many features and functionality I have mentioned so far, React Native is a cross-platform development tool, therefore, the same codebase run well on any device.

Giant companies like Instagram, Skype, Townske to mention but a few uses React Native.

Up until now, I believe you have the confidence to stick around with React Native for life, apart from one downside: conversion full of bugs.

Many bugs may reveal themselves when the HTML code is converted to the native code, which is time-consuming and difficult to fix.

I say difficult because React Native was originally designed for iOS development, therefore needs iOS knowledge to deal with the complications.

 

NativeScript

NativeScript enables you to build a truly native app for Android, iOS, and web from a single JavaScript codebase with the support for TypeScript, CSS and popular frameworks like Angular & Vue.js.

One fascinating thing that I like about NativeScript is the ability to let you build apps with the technologies you are conversant with and does the rest under the hood.

 

Why NativeScript?

It has a NativeScript playground which is a web-based resource to help novice and real developers get started in minutes.

The NativeScript sidekick is a faithful companion for NativeScrpt developers. NativeScript lets you focus on building exciting parts of your mobile app and let sidekick deal with the elephant in the room, does the rest for you.

NativeScript allows writing code in JavaScript and TypeScript as I mentioned earlier, that is why it resonates well with the needs of many developers.

Developers with experience in Angular 2 feel some comfort with NativeScript because of the same front-end development tools and the same structure for creating components.

Core features of NativeScript

  • Declarative style simplifies creating mobile components
  • UI Native code is used no matter the language your code is in
  • Best for building apps for commercial needs
  • Set up NativeScript by adding one line of code only.
  • NativeScript provides software developers full access to API

Cons associated with NativeScript

  • Large APKs: sometimes certain app’s installer is bigger than the size of the app itself
  • Many plug-ins by the development community aimed at improving performance and extending functionalities have not been tested yet.
  • NativeScript does not support HTML and DOM, which leads to complicated development processes.

 

So far so good, the battle of titans continues, NativeScript vs React Native

. As we have seen, both rivals demonstrate a high level of performance and functionality, but still, we are obliged to make a choice.

Now, what next? I will draw their differences maybe this will help us reach a decision.

I will employ the following metrics in my analysis; used technologies, the performance of each tool and extensions & community around each. Straight to the point:

 

Used technologies

React Native uses React.JS while NativeScript employs Angular.JS. Inform your choice by comparing React Native vs Angular friendly frameworks. That sounds better and leaves you at an edge.

Performance

React Native provides experience as close as native sounds and top performance.

On the other hand, rendering slows down NativeScript apps. Generally, NativeScript apps are larger and as the word goes ‘size influences performance’

Extensions and community

Both teams have a dedicated community surrounding it.

As you know React Native was developed by the tech giant Facebook, you can imagine massive community striving to extend React Native functionality, no wonder the daily plug-ins to support the tool.

On the contrary, NativeScript does not rally a vibrant community behind it, therefore, slow development compared to React Native.

 

Conclusion

Both React Native ad NativeScript have their own strengths and weaknesses, however, you are bound to make the right choice by doing a deep research of both frameworks before settling on one. My promise to you, you will finally choose a development tool based on your project needs and expected deliverables.

Deven Rathore @http://twitter.com/devenrathore2

Entrepreneur, blogger and, Programmer, Constantly learning and experiencing new things.

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