What is React?
React has become incredibly popular in recent years, and is used by many large companies such as Facebook, Netflix, and Airbnb. It is often paired with other libraries such as Redux, React Router, and Material-UI to create powerful web applications.
What is React Native?
React Native works by allowing developers to write code that is specific to each platform, such as iOS or Android. This means that developers can write code once and have it work on multiple platforms. React Native also uses a virtual DOM, similar to React, to manage updates to the UI.
Differences between React and React Native
While React and React Native share some similarities, there are also some key differences between the two.
- Target platform
The most obvious difference between React and React Native is the platform they target. React is designed for building web applications, while React Native is designed for building mobile applications.
- UI components
Another difference between React and React Native is the UI components that are available. While both use components to build UIs, the components in React Native are specific to mobile platforms, such as buttons, text inputs, and navigation bars. React, on the other hand, uses web-specific components such as divs, spans, and forms.
Styling in React and React Native is also different. React uses CSS to style components, while React Native uses a similar syntax, but it is specific to mobile platforms. This means that developers need to learn a new set of styling rules when working with React Native.
- Development tools
The development tools for React and React Native are also different. While both use the same underlying technology, developers need to use different tools to develop and test their applications. For React, developers can use tools such as Redux DevTools and React Developer Tools. For React Native, developers need to use tools such as Expo and the React Native Debugger.