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Ionic Vs. React Native - Which Framework Is
Better for Cross- Platform Mobile App
Yes, you read it correct. We are speaking about
Native Cross-platform Mobile App Development.
Now, you do not need to bang your head in
determining whether to opt for Native or for
cross-platform mobile app development. What you
need is a consolidation of both in one mobile app
offering duel benefits. In this blog, we will
compare top two cross-platform mobile app
development frameworks React Native and Ionic.
We will evaluate them on various specifications
and try to find out specialties, limitations, and
scope of these frameworks.
Detailed Comparison Ionic Vs React Native
Based on Language Stack React Native
Engineered with JavaScript and React.JS Facebook
used JavaScript one of the dominant and
high-level dynamic programming languages and
merged it with the benefits of React.JS (Web
Framework) to develop React Native. Definitely an
intelligent move. According to the latest Stack
Overflow Survey, about 66.7 percent of developers
are already using JavaScript in their work.
Thus, it won't be troublesome to find a developer
for developing React Native Apps as these
developers will be either skilled to start coding
or will have a shorter learning curve.
One of the strongest points making React Native
the widely used and widely preferred
cross-platform app development framework is
because it allows developers to write modules in
Objective-C, Swift, or Java Language whenever
they need. Additionally, due to the native
modules and libraries in React Native Apps, it
becomes easier to handle computationally heavy
programs like image editing or video processing.
Ionic Superset of JavaScript TypeScript The
Ionic framework is developed using HTML5, CSS,
and JavaScript for writing and running the
application however, it requires a Cordova
wrapper to access the native features and native
platform controllers. The core of the Ionic
framework is based on AngularJS a JavaScript
Framework and is written with SaaS in mind. The
main programing language of Ionic is TypeScript
recognized as a superset of JavaScript complied
to the plain JavaScript. The quality of the code
in Ionic is dramatically increased due to its
inbuilt capability to identify and mitigate
errors at the time of writing code. Remember, it
is optional to use TypeScript as you are able to
build the application using simple
JavaScript. Based on Performance and Running
Code React Native Interpretation with the
Native APIs By interpreting code components
directly to the native APIs, cross-platform
mobile apps developed using React Native achieve
performance close to native applications. In
addition to that, it also makes it possible to
use native iOS and Android modules written using
Objective-C and Java. However, these modules
cant be reused on more than one platform as they
are specifically designed to elevate performance
in complicated operations like video editing and
image processing. Developers can utilize the
rest of a codebase across platforms (about 80 to
90 of the code written in JavaScript is
reusable). Nevertheless, developers have the
option to use native libraries if they intend to
optimize the app performance. Remember, in React
Native JIT Compilation is used for Android and
for iOS, it interprets the JavaScript
code. Ionic Rendering through Web
Technologies As Ionic uses web technologies for
rendering purposes, it reduces the speed so the
application built with Ionic fails to mimic
native-like app performance. Additionally, no use
of native components is possible in Ionic so
native behavior can be recreated. Ionic
Developers need a native Wrapper Cordova for
connecting the mobile app with the native APIs,
so it could adapt the behavior of the underlying
operating system. Fast testing and consistently
running in a browser are probably the most
elegant features of Ionic. Nevertheless, many
pre-made and pre-styled components help in
streamlining the overall mobile app development
lifecycle. Ionic uses JIT compilation for Android
and a default platform browser WKWebView for
iOS. The bottom line, it is impossible for React
Native to achieve performance that could be
achieved by the complex and rich applications
developed using React Native.
Based on GUI (Graphical User Interface)
React Native Uses React.JS Libraries and
Interacts with Native iOS/Android
Controllers React native is able to offer app
users experience equivalent to native because of
its modules interacting directly with native
Android and iOS controllers. In addition to that,
the capability of React Native to utilize
React.JS Library with extensive UI components
further helps in streamlining the process of User
Interface Development. Thus, React Native
developers get to work faster as they have access
to a divergent bundle of UI components like
buttons, modules, and sliders. Ionic Cordova
Helps in Imitating Native Behavior Ionic renders
everything through HTML, CSS without interacting
with any of the native controllers. However, it
applied Cordova, which then helps in imitating
the native-like mobile behavior. Additionally,
the components in AngularJS bundled together in
the framework further help Ionic in making it
look like the native. The recent edition of
Ionic comes with a pre-embedded UI element that
was absent before on the web but was available
only with Native SDKs on iOS and Android
platforms. Based on Developer Community React
Native React Native is the most starred
framework on Github. It has 59.8 thousand stars.
Recently, StackOverflow technology overview
confirmed that the React Native is the most loved
and widely used cross-platform mobile app
development framework. As the React Native
developer community is growing rapidly, the
number of experienced engineers is also growing
at the same speed. By being a part of this
growing global community, a React Native
developer can easily find answers to his
questions and can easily get access to a huge
number of third-party libraries created by the
community members. Ionic The online Ionic
community is growing steadily since it has been
launched and the 2017 Ionic Developer Survey
exemplifies that about 80 of the developers in
the community are experienced. A dedicated QA
forum is the specialty of the Ionic community
that helps new developers to ask their queries as
questions and in response get answers or advice.
Apart from that, it boasts a Slack Channel
representing Slack community for Ionic
developers all over the world to interact and
Based on Price Structure React Native An Open
Source project completely free and easily
available for use along with all of its
libraries. Ionic Ionic is also an open source
program at the time of registering and commencing
development. However, it has a companion
platform called Ionic Pro offered in three
variants Developers, Teams, and Businesses.
The package is available at a monthly
subscription ranging from 29 to 199 and offers
more days to track error history along with
collaboration tools making it easier to manage
Ionic development taking place at a larger scale
with numerous teams. Final Thoughts What
framework you will be using to build your mobile
app is a matter of personal preference and
convenience. Subsequently, your team, developers,
and user requirements matter a lot while taking a
decision. Remember, both React Native and
Ionic have different specialties to do different
things, but believe it whatever they are doing,
both frameworks do it perfectly right. Of
course, the best advice would be to test each of
these frameworks and decide the appropriate one
suitable to develop your cross-platform mobile
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