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React Native Vs Ionic: Which One to Use for Building a Hybrid Mobile App?

React Native Vs Ionic: Which One to Use for Building a Hybrid Mobile App

A mobile application becomes crucial for a business with customers start using all the things digitally. Hence, it is a need of the hour.

With the rising popularity of the mobile platforms, a lot of technologies have been evolved to make things easier and smoother.

When you start using a new technology, you are not sure of it being a successful solution. In most cases, with time many issues start appearing in the projects. In this article, we are going to make a comparison of two frameworks, React Native and Ionic, based on our real-time experience in front-end development.

An overview

React Native and Ionic are platforms for developing mobile apps with web technologies like JavaScript.

Ionic Overview

Ionic is a classic hybrid development framework that enables web developers to build apps on major platforms with a single and reusable code base. One thing I really like about Ionic framework is that you can deploy HTML, CSS and JavaScript code as a mobile web app with relative ease, and mobile app development framework like Apache Cordova (earlier PhoneGap) bridges are used to access native features.

React Native Overview

React Native framework is developed by Facebook for developing native apps. React-Native uses the same UI building blocks as in Android and iOS apps development, the apps built in React Native is completely different from Native apps (iOS using objective C, Swift, Android using Java).

Getting Started

Ionic

https://ionicframework.com/

React Native

https://facebook.github.io/react-native/

Writing and Learning

Ionic

It is easy to learn, code and comes with pre-built and pre-styled components. It has a clear and consistent documentation. Also Ionic comes with the support of lots of Native Components called as Ionic Native.

React Native

As compared to Ionic it has simple documentation. There are lots of NPM (Node Package Manager) packages available to use as and when required. You can use native component by creating a platform-specific wrapper.

Development Tools or IDE

Ionic

I started my first project in Visual Studio Code as it comes with lots of functionality to create Ionic or Angular app very rapidly. In recent updates, we can directly debug in Visual studio code which is amazing.

React Native

I have created my first app using ATOM which is also powerful tool but what I feel is it is comparatively slow.

The language stack

Ionic

Ionic is a framework based on Angular, a Javascript framework.I have created my app using Angular 2. It uses HTML templates for its views. It is in line with the Mode-View-Controller pattern as views and logic are clearly separated. It uses sccs for applying the style to the HTML elements.

React Native

React Native helps the developer to create mobile apps using React JS and uses Javascript code that resembles HTML. In React Native, display logic is blended with the business logic.

Performance

Ionic

Ionic performs clear and consistent when the developer uses most of its pre-built web components. It is less dependent on device features.

React Native

To enhance performance React Native uses native controls and native modules of the specific platforms.

Testing

Ionic

Ionic is easier for testing during development. In fact, it provides instant feedback in the form of an instant preview of the app in the browser and mobile devices. We can check the things simultaneously on Android, iOS and in windows phone in a browser. At the time of development I faced an issue in Live Reload, its demanding secure origins can make a call, security updates in the web view. You need to allow CORS- Cross-Origin Resource Sharing on your server.

React Native

In a React Native, you see the result of your modification as you make them. No need to recompile, rebuild, complete app. The results can be seen immediately on an emulator or a real device. The developer can reload the app instantly with Hot reload and Live reload.

Plugins and Community

Ionic

Cordova and PhoneGap are allowing developers to expose their native features. In a majority of cases, the ready-made plugin already exists to expose the native feature one needs in one's web view. Ionic also have a marketplace where developers sell and offer Ionic plugins.

React Native

In addition to plugins availability on NPM for React Native can use plugins of Cordova and PhoneGap. Facebook is developing it, but we can create a wrapper of our native module and use it in the app. It has received the highest rating on Github.

Which One Is Better?

It is clear that both are marvelous mobile app development frameworks so it would be difficult to pick one over another. App development framework is very much dependent on the type of requirement.

When your app highly depends on the ready code and If the goal is to develop and deploy an app in a short-time for which Ionic would be the best choice. And if there is a requirement of an app with high performance with a unique end-user interface, responsive UI, and amazing user experience then React Native would be the best choice.

Jekson

Jekson B.

Jekson is a lead developer at Intuz with a meritorious experience spanning across mobile app development. With the informative articles, he shares, reflecting his technical skills and optimized solutions which help the team in implementing best practices in the Android application development.

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