Why we use React for Mobile and Web Development

React is built around a simple concept: building reusable components around encapsulated state. It has been attempted before, but React finally accomplishes with elegance.

So what does this nerdy stuff mean for customers? It means less time debugging and more time moving forward.

React has been so successful that it has made the jump to mobile apps as well. Surprisingly, another advancement in that space yields another benefit.

React Native, as the mobile tooling is called, adds a bridge between so-called “native” code and a Javascript engine. That means that Javascript – the universal programming language of the Web – can be used for mobile development.

The importance of this cannot be overstated. For years, developers had to write one app for iOS and one app for Android. Apps in iOS were programmed in Apple’s Objective-C language with Apple libraries. Apps on Android were developed with Java and Google’s libraries. Obviously, writing two apps to cover the vast majority of mobile users was not ideal. In fact, it was time-consuming and expensive.

With the advent of React Native, most coding can be transpiled for both iOS and Android. More importantly, some Javascript logic can be shared with web applications. Write once, run everywhere.

American Appworks is on the cutting edge with technologies like React and React Native. We are always looking for ways to aggressively cut development time and expense. These technologies do just that.

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