The Truth about Cross-Platform Mobile Development!

Cross-platform mobile app developments (CP) is important to anyone today, either for its many promises or simply for some FOMOs. Companies are now almost forced to consider CP frameworks when planning or upgrading to a new app. Developers with CP skills are also in demand. We make a small context and analyze this phenomenon.

Disclaimer: this document is evaluated on the basis of research, trends, large companies and my personal experience.

Especially when it comes to prototypes and small and simple apps, developers can take advantage of any framework they already know or use the alternative they feel is faster, easier and provide acceptable results. Therefore, we should focus on focusing on large production apps with great functionality where differences are important.

We can say that there are many CP frameworks, each with their pros and cons, but the industry and the data clearly show us a trend in which we can choose the “most influential” or those that companies are now choosing for Development considering their production app. These two must be React Native and Flutter.

React Native is a pseudo native CP framework developed and managed by Facebook. It is based on ReactJS and obviously uses JSX (a mix of JavaScript and HTML).

RN has been a boom from the start and many companies and developers have trusted their projects. With almost 70% of software developers who know Javascript and a similar number of ReactJS, the popularity of RN is not a surprise.

Among professionals, we find that it facilitates the use of design systems and manages atom-oriented components on web and mobile platforms, and there are some libraries that enhance this capability.

RN also tries to consider specific design specifications for Android and iOS so that its components are compiled into native components and displayed as such on each component. Of course, this only applies if you use standard components or others that are implemented differently on both platforms. Obviously, this has a drawback that causes most apps to add customizations to prevent functionality from being interrupted on one platform or another.

It can also be said that the platform-specific code can be used, using native modules for both Android and iOS.

React Native is the clear leader right now when it comes to community and production experience. As a result, more companies trust their projects.

As a tool, developers use the most common text editors or IDEs such as VS Code and Atom. With the create-rea-native-app app and the Expo package, you can get started quickly and avoid most of the installation work.

The React Native sunset?

This framework seems undeniably strong on paper, but recently there has been a tendency for large apps to drop React Native in favor of a return to native development.

Something similar happened with Udacity, one of the most popular e-learning platforms that left React Native behind many problems, some of which refer to revolutionary updates to the framework and some to maintainability in general. They also say that sometimes it was like working for three technology stacks instead of one.

This is not so sad. Both these teams, like many others, said they had a positive overall experience with React Native and they confessed that they could do some things differently, so the final result would have been a little better. Let’s say that this has only happened for the giant RN has become, and such a large and active community will not give up easily. Furthermore, it continues to grow day by day.

Wait, wait, I know what you think “Flutterbruder? Really? The thing is not even in the first version!” And you’d be perfectly fine, but remember that we’re talking about the framework that companies and groups of developers are considering for start their big projects now.

Flutter is a PC-based app development framework run by Google, the same company that developed the Android Native Framework. They sell it as a framework for “creating native apps in record time”, promoting the use of similar user interfaces on both platforms and facilitating the implementation of material design. The programming language used is Dart, also developed by Google and managed by Google.

It is without a doubt the fastest growing CP framework. This year’s Google I / O system is conquering and its community in a breathtaking bewilderment.

Another advantage of Flutter is the positive support of many native Android and iOS developers, who have found a very interesting framework and have even brought some of their apps to Flutter.

Many companies use flutter in their main production applications, including Google itself. What happens over time to build trust in the developer community.

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