React and React Native are very much similar, yet they are different from each other. Let’s see how they both differ from each other by understanding the basics of ReactJS and React Native and their respective features. Please share your views also by adding comments on this post.
What is ReactJS?
- In ReactJS everything is a component. Each component has state and props. These components are integrated together to build bigger or real-time applications, where data changes frequently.
- Advantage of using the component is that you can change any component at any time, without affecting the rest of the application.
- Each time any data is added/updated, react automatically updates the specific component whose state has actually changed.
What is React Native?
- React Native uses flux architecture from Facebook.
- With React Native, the developer is just provided with UI rendering and device access modules.
- For native features, React native is heavily dependent on third-party libraries and modules.
Features of ReactJS?
- VirtualDOM – It’s a node tree that lists the elements and their attributes and content as Objects and their properties. ReactJS render() function creates node tree out of React’s component.
- Testability – ReactJS views can be used as functions of the state. State is an object which determines how a component will render and behave.
- Server-side rendering – allows you to pre-render the initial state of your React component at the server-side only.
- One-way data binding – ReactJS follows uni-directional data flow for one-way data binding. So data flows in a single direction which gives you better control over it.
- Simplicity – The use of JSX makes the application really simple and easy to understand.
Features of React Native?
- Write once and use everywhere – It’s react native base feature. It means code written in React Native can be used in any of mobile platforms to build native applications or applications that work on multiple platforms.
- Community support – React Native has a diverse community, that even hosts international meet-ups.
- Plugins – React Native allows you to add plugins and third-party packages.
- Live reload – React Native’s live reload feature assists developers while creating the application. With this feature, a developer will be able to modify the code and can see the changes simultaneously.
ReactJS vs React Native
- Application types and usage
- ReactJS is used to develop web applications, whereas React Native is used to develop Mobile applications. Web applications created using ReactJS are Facebook, Netflix, etc. Mobile applications created using React Native are Instagram, Facebook, Airbnb, etc.
- Setup and bundling
- Live/hot reload
- Live reload is the feature that allows you to code, as well as see the modifications in your application simultaneously. React Native supports live reload, where ReactJS doesn’t support live reload feature.
- Template rendering
- Both ReactJS and React Native uses JSX for the development of views and templates but ReactJS is much better when it comes to styling your application’s UI using CSS, whereas React Native uses Native platform APIs for styling.
- Learning curve
- ReactJS is not very difficult to learn but React Native is much easier to learn because you can make use of ready-made components in React Native, whereas in ReactJS you have to code them yourself.
- Different deployment environments!
- Microservices architecture
- Project Charter
- Laravel PHP commands
- AMI – Amazon Machine Image