Xamarin VS React Native

Xamarin and react native are great and popular mobile app development tools. Xamarin is powered by Microsoft and it’s a Framework.It was released in May 2011.It is open-source and can be use for iOS ,android and windows app development.You must have knowledge of C# to program in Xamarin. React Native is also a open source mobile app development framework and it was released in March 2015 by Facebook. You need to have knowledge of programming languages like JavaScript and React.

What is Xamarin

Xamarin is Microsoft software building a cross platform applications. The software is a sub-platform of .Net ,specially designed for the mobile app development .C# is a programming language developed by Microsoft.It has better class libraries and support for object-oriented programming. The language features multiple programming paradigms and is statically typed with lexical scope.

Mobile app developers has big concern with the cross platform development. Cross platform means sharing a code base between android and iOS . Xamarin use C# language to write program rather than the host language like java for android and swift for iOS. So developer can save time of development while also getting a native-like performance.

Advantages of Xamarin

The following Xamarin advantages should help you compare the two frameworks.

Cross-Platform

Because Xamarin uses C# and is part of .NET, mobile app development is far easier than other wise. Xamarin.Android and Xamarin.iOS give developers access to relevant software development kits (SDKs) for Android and iOS. And Xamarin.Essential is a library of overlapping native application programming interfaces (APIs). 

Efficient 

Xamarin is efficient as codebases can be shared from one mobile operating system to the other, cross-platform development means saving time and costs.

Maintainable 

It is easy to maintain an application by updating a source code. The updates will applied automatically to all solutions.

Xamarin Test Cloud and Xamarin Test Recorder are used to test a code and remove bugs so you can get a stable release . 

Comprehensive

As you know .Net is the backbone of Xamarin that’s why lot of comprehensive tools can be used to enhance the developing experience.

What is React Native?

React native is also a mobile app development framework introduced by Facebook. It based on React and Java script libraries building UIs. Earlier HTML5 was used that slows the performance of application on mobile versions. React and React Native share the same base similarities. Both frameworks are explicitly concerned with state management and additional libraries must be used to render further functionality.

Because everything is written in JavaScript, this enables code sharing from one platform to the next. And developers do not need to write in Android or iOS-specific languages.

Advantages of React Native

Cross-Platform

It is also a cross platform app development framework like Xamarin. Biggest advantage is the reusability of code that save time and money. While other framework relay’s on the Central Processing Unit (CPU) ,React Native relies on Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) that’s why in comparison to other hybrid technologies React Native is exceptionally fast.

Increased Flexibility

Interface of React Native make it easy for different developers on a team to take over a project where previous developer left and continue building.

Moveable

If it is desired or becomes necessary to move the app to another development framework in the future, app developers don’t need to start over. They can export the app from React Native and move it into Android Studio or Xcode and continue from there. This is a huge benefit of using React Native for mobile app development and adds to its flexibility.

Immediately View Changes

React Native offers one thing known as “live reloading” or “hot reloading” that allows developers to immediately view the changes they’ve made to the code in another live preview window at the same time. This provides a good advantage to developers because of the real-time feedback.