Exploring the Differences Between ReactJS and React Native
Posted By : Anirudh Bhardwaj | 03-Dec-2019
React Native and ReactJS are the two extensively used development tools that enable developers to build high-quality web and mobile applications. ReactJS was launched in 2011 while React Native has been around for a little over three years. Both Facebook-led mobile application development tools have been through several technical upgradations and are quite similar in many technical aspects. However, there are several points of differences that we are going to discuss in this blog post.
Below are the main points of difference between ReactJS and React Native.
Setup and Bundling
React Native, on the other hand, is a framework with built-in modules that don’t require any additional or third-party development module. Developers gain instant access to the coding interface from where it only takes a command-line instruction to implement complex native app functionalities. React Native framework makes the mobile application development process fast and less time-consuming.
Use of HTML
React Native doesn’t use HTML or CSS components to build an application. Contrarily, it comes with several built-in components that work in a similar manner. Most of the components provided by React Native are similar to HTML components. For example, the ‘View’ component in React Native is similar to the <div> tag in HTML whereas the ‘Text’ component is similar to the <p> tag.
ReactJS, on the other hand, makes use of both CSS and HTML components to create a virtual document object model (DOM) and CSS-based animations.
React Native is an ideal framework for the high-speed development of native mobile applications. It provides a variety of built-in tools without any additional requirements for a seamless development process. The framework thus accelerates the development process and reduces the overall efforts of a developer.
ReactJS requires additional plugins or modules to accomplish several complex tasks such as CSS-based animations for dynamic user interfaces. However, its hot reload and live reload features provide several benefits to developers under certain conditions. The hot reload and live reload features come handy when developers need to make small changes to the app.
Live Reload: Performing a live reload refreshes the app after making necessary file changes. Live reloading a particular app restarts it from the initial route.
Hot Reload: Performing a hot reload only refreshes the files that were changed recently instead of refreshing the entire app.
Animations For App Components
In a nutshell, React Native gives more freedom to developers with animation as compared to ReactJS.
In the end, we can say that both ReactJS and React Native greatly streamline the development process with increased speed and efficiency. While ReactJS enables developers to build complex UI for web applications, React Native extends support for native mobile app development. Both these tools are surprisingly fast and comparatively easy to learn or master.
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