In preparation for a new cross-platform native mobile project, I have been researching cross-platform native app platforms, and topping the list are React Native and Xamarin. I crossed Ionic off the list because it uses Cordova and a WebView and I want better speed.
Here are some links that have provided insight:
Google Trends: React Native vs. Xamarin
Cruxlab, Inc. Sep 20, 2017: Xamarin vs Ionic vs React Native: differences under the hood
Paul Reichelt, Nov 2016: Why I left Xamarin behind in favor of React Native
John A. Calderaio, Feb 2017: Comparing the Performance between Native iOS (Swift) and React-Native
My background in the last 5 years is iOS native and Adobe AIR. Given that:
- I just did a ReactJS web project and really liked it
- Experienced Xamarin developers are moving to and liking React Native
- React Native is trending better than Xamarin
- React Native supports hot module replacement (pretty cool!)
I will investigate React Native first and likely go with it for this upcoming project.