Developers using React Native get declarative, self-contained UI components and fast development cycles on the mobile platform while retaining speed, fidelity, and the feel of native applications, Facebook bloggers said on Monday.
"At Facebook we've been using React Native in production for over a year now," Facebook bloggers Daniel Witte and Philipp von Weitershausen said. "Almost exactly a year ago, our team set out to develop the Ads Manager app. Our goal was to create a new app to let the millions of people who advertise on Facebook manage their accounts and create new ads on the go. It ended up being not only Facebook's first fully React Native app but also the first cross-platform one."
React Native is intended to make developers efficient via a learn once, write anywhere paradigm. It supports use of standard platform components, such as UITabBar on iOS and Drawer on Android, thus providing a consistent look and feel across the platform ecosystem, according to Facebook. These components can be incorporated into an app using React component counterparts such as TabBarIOS and DrawerLayoutAndroid.
Facebook officials last month detailed ongoing enhancements for React Native, including in the performance, build tools and instrumentation realms.
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