Comparing Two of the Main Cross-Platform Development Tools: React Native and Xamarin

by Tanya Singh April 26, 2018
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The Cross-Platform App Development Industry is estimated to cross the $7 Billion mark by the end of the year 2018. And this is also leading to the high rise in the usage of Cross-Platform Mobile App Development Tools. The basic question that arises here is: what are the best platforms, tools, as resources to code for Android, iOS, and Windows at the same time?

We know that Native apps have a number of pros to them but an effectively made cross-platform application will these differences seem minute. That’s why Cross-platform Apps hold major advantages like enabling users to access the product/services on more than one platform. This contributes to seamlessly success of cross-platform Mobile App Development mainly on iOS and Android devices.

React Native and Xamarin both frameworks follow the same objective and are two of the most popular Cross-Platform Application Development Tools. Basically, React Native can be defined as a cross-platform for app developers for the application development purpose right from the beginning. Although, this cross-platform development tool acquire the same working principle of ReactJS but it does not rely on the HTML5.

The Xamarin can be further sub-categorized into Xamarin.Android and Xamarian.iOS on which the updating is done more regularly in comparison to other cross-platform tools. Xamarin can be defined as an open-source framework which uses the C# language for writing the UI codebase. This code based is used for iOS, Android, and many other Cross-Platform App Development Tools as well. Let’s have a look at some of the pros and cons of these two widely known cross-platform development tools available in the market:

  • When it comes to the working of the frameworks, the React Native uses the one-way data flow comes with the React i.e. the JavaScript developers favor this framework. And the Xamarin framework works in the MVVM style that stands for the Model View View Model making it a preference of the Asp.NET developers.
  • The Compilation in Xamarin and React Native each other in terms of Android and iOS too. The Just in Time compilation in React Native for Android can be by JavaScriptCore but doing so for iOS is not possible. Whereas in Xamarin, both Just in Time and Ahead of Time (AOT) are possible because it is based on the #C language.
  • In the Documentation of React Native, the components are organized in an organized way just like the ready-made components. But in Xamarin, the components are present in a divided form as they are split into the component store and the NuGet in the documentation.
  • The Developers prefer Xamarin as the development environment is friendlier in Xamarin when compared to React Native. According to developers, it is easy to write code in Xamarin as it also provides the option for simple code compilation to another platform. In React Native, the development options are available for iOS applications.
  • When talking in the terms of community assistance, the React Native cross-platform development tool is relatively new and thus has a smaller support for the developers. However, in the case of Xamarin, the community support forums are huge because of the long-term presence of this cross-platform app development tool.

Conclusion

Although, it is hard to pick any one Cross-Platform Development Tool over the other in terms of every aspect especially when it comes to React Native and Xamarin. As a leading Mobile App Development Company, we at ChromeInfotech know the importance of Cross-platform App Development that has been currently revolutionizing the industry. The project details also impact a lot when it comes to selecting a particular cross-platform app development tool to work with.

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