React Native or using Xamarin for App Development – which is the best one to use?
With the number of tech savvy people increasing over the years, the application development has now grown steadily from creating more apps for mobile development as the number of people using mobile phones has become more. The number of smartphone users has remarkably increased over the years which is evident from the pace at which this generation is going tech-savvy. With each passing day there are thousands of applications being launched which is crossing millions!
The need for developing apps that work well over different platforms has increased. It makes it very important for developers to make their apps stand out in this overly crowded pool of apps. To develop great applications, a developer must be aware of the right set of tools required. In the past, Android applications were written using Java while iOS applications used Objective-C and Swift. Currently, there has been a shift in this trend with the introduction of cross-platform development tools like React Native and Xamarin. Cross-platform development is basically designing applications that work well for both Android and iOS and other operating systems like Windows.
Earlier, developers had to write similar codes twice that would work for different platforms. With React Native and Xamarin, the development process has become easier. Not only are they cost-efficient but also save time and shorten the development cycle considerably.
The question that remains is which one between React Native and Xamarin serves as a better development tool.
For answering this, let us take a look at the detailed comparison between the two and then choose which one suits your needs the best.
Introduction to React Native and Xamarin
The key difference from the monetary perspective is React Native is a free tool that can be used to build applications while Xamarin does not offer a lot of features for free especially if you’re designing for a big enterprise.
We present to you the comparisons between React Native and Xamarin
- Xamarin allows you to run the fastest code for both platforms. The applications which are built on 64-bit code are faster as compared to 32-bit code. Xamarin supports 64-bit, and also provides a fast UI by allowing developers to use native tools directly. On the other hand, React Native doesn’t support even the 64-bit mode on Android and, not even on iOS as well.
- React Native uses the Just-in-time (JIT) compilation which converts the program source code into native machine code just before the program is run. The same can’t be done in iOS apps. Xamarin is way ahead of time, when it comes to compilation since the just in time compilation isn’t valid for iOS as some security features don’t allow writable executable segments. Obviously this makes Xamarin a better choice.
- In Xamarin, debugging an application code is easily possible in a similar fashion while using a .NET application using Visual Studio, which is a positive side to it. And, debugging with React Native is as similar to debugging web applications. You can use the Chrome developer tool and also use third-party tools to debug such as Reactotron or Redux development tools.
- By using the Xamarin application, one gets the freedom to develop or design the user interface in a platform specific way only. On the other side, React Native allows you to customize the visual components in an easy way as compared to Xamarin. React Native has always been a better choice for the developers in reference to UI development.
- The react native users are more advanced and progressive as they use a modern, systematic data flow system for the development, whereas Xamarin uses the MVVM framework style. Depending on the use and nature of developing an application, it becomes an individual choice to use any of the above applications for the best results.
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