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Ionic vs React Native

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As the world is moving at a fast pace with the latest technologies and never-ending changes that are taking place in the marketing world, every business is making a leap and moving towards the “digital forms” for their business.  And moving businesses to mobile phones is the smartest move as everyone uses smartphones and mobile applications are the best way to connect to the masses. Mobile app development is one of the major markets that are making individuals and companies famous. As there are multiple technologies followed by mobile app development companies the two most famous remains Ionic and React Native.

Ionic

Ionic framework is a complete open-source software development kit (SDK) for hybrid mobile application development created by Max Lynch with Ben Sperry and Adam Bradley in 2013. The first version was built on AngularJS and Apache Cordova. As per the new technologies, the latest version of Ionic is built as a set of web components. This latest version allows the mobile app developers to choose any user interface (UI) framework be it Angular, AngularJS, React or Vue.js according to their needs. This latest version has lots of wonders in addition to desired UI frameworks it also allows the use of all the Ionic components. 

Ionic is known to provide tools and services for developing interactive hybrid mobile, desktop, web, progressive web applications that too based on modern custom web app development technologies and approaches.  Ionic has developer friendly tools, it works on the write once run anywhere (WORA) motto. Ionic is known for the best designing, animation and performance. Ionic mainly focus on frontend User experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) interaction.

React Native

React Native is an open-source, cross-platform mobile app development framework developed by Facebook. It was built to help in building better mobile applications for Android, iOS, web and Universal Windows Platform (UWP). React Native allows developers to use React (JavaScript library) along with Native platform capabilities and resources. React Native is a UI focused framework developed so that the developers and as well as the users can have the best mobile app experiences. It follows Write Once and Run Anywhere (WORA) and dynamic runtime approach.  React Native also has a Qt port. React Native works on virtually identical principles of React, which gives it a blended of new components and the old of React. React Native allows mobile app developers to write native code in many different languages such as Java for Android and Objective-C or Swift for iOS which make mobile app development more flexible.

Are Ionic and React Native similar? 

Ionic is a framework used for developing mobile, web and desktop applications using traditional web technologies. Whereas, React Native is used for developing native mobile applications and other applications as well. It is also cross-platform alike Ionic and uses React/React.js. 

But the greatest similarity for both the frameworks is no previous knowledge of iOS or Android native development is needed. 

Ionic or React Native what to choose?

Before forming any kind of judgement one should be sure of the kind he/she wants to follow either Native or Hybrid.

Technology/ Language Stack

Ionic

It is more flexible of the two. The frameworks it uses – 

  • AngularJS
  • React
  • Vue.js

Languages – 

  • HTML 
  • CSS
  • JavaScript 
  • TypeScript

It is a classic web technologies language.

React Native

Frameworks – 

  • React.js

Languages – 

  • JavaScript 
  • Swift 
  • Objective-C 
  • Java 

It is a dynamic and high-level programming language. 

Ionic wins this race because of the flexibility and web technologies. 

Performance

Ionic

The Ionic platform main focus is on native browser apps using HTML, Angular JS, and CSS components. It is a hybrid approach for app development and there is no doubt Ionic is ideal for the fast prototyping for application development. The Ionic applications are modern, and it mainly focuses on the goal “write once and use anywhere” software paradigm. Many times there are massive delays and low performance because of a lot of native callbacks due to the native code involved. And the major drawback the mobile app developers should have to download various plugins to assess the native features when it comes to Ionic. 

React Native

React Native delivers a native experience for both developers and users because it can directly access the Native components. This is why people who are more obsessed with native user experience prefer React Native because Native components come handy. React’s major goal is to provide useful native experience with amazing newest updates. React Native is a stable platform that is perfect for large scale applications and provides the best experiences. The main motto of React Native is to provide responsiveness and excellent performance. 
No doubt, React Native is the clear winner when it comes to performance.

Conclusion 

There is no best when it comes to the technologies one has to choose as per his needs and demands of the project in hand. 

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