React Native vs. Apache Cordova vs. JUniversal



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What is React Native?

React Native enables you to build world-class application experiences on native platforms using a consistent developer experience based on JavaScript and React. The focus of React Native is on developer efficiency across all the platforms you care about - learn once, write anywhere. Facebook uses React Native in multiple production apps and will continue investing in React Native.

What is Apache Cordova?

Apache Cordova is a set of device APIs that allow a mobile app developer to access native device function such as the camera or accelerometer from JavaScript. Combined with a UI framework such as jQuery Mobile or Dojo Mobile or Sencha Touch, this allows a smartphone app to be developed with just HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

What is JUniversal?

The vision of JUniversal came from some guys at Nokia who possess considerable expertise both in Java and in building cross-platform apps. They built this tool to provide an elegant way to translate source code and make it useful across multiple platforms. JUniversal offers you the freedom to write your shared code in Java and then translate it to C# (available now) or to C++/Objective C++ (coming soon). You can also combine JUniversal with Google’s j2objc translator to translate Java to Objective-C for iOS.

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Why do developers choose React Native?
Why do you like React Native?

Why do developers choose Apache Cordova?
Why do you like Apache Cordova?

Why do developers choose JUniversal?
Why do you like JUniversal?

What are the cons of using React Native?
Downsides of React Native?

What are the cons of using Apache Cordova?
No Cons submitted yet for Apache Cordova
Downsides of Apache Cordova?

What are the cons of using JUniversal?
No Cons submitted yet for JUniversal
Downsides of JUniversal?

What companies use React Native?
834 companies on StackShare use React Native
What companies use Apache Cordova?
129 companies on StackShare use Apache Cordova
What companies use JUniversal?
1 companies on StackShare use JUniversal
What tools integrate with React Native?
46 tools on StackShare integrate with React Native
What tools integrate with Apache Cordova?
7 tools on StackShare integrate with Apache Cordova
What tools integrate with JUniversal?
2 tools on StackShare integrate with JUniversal

What are some alternatives to React Native, Apache Cordova, and JUniversal?

  • Ionic - A beautiful front-end framework for developing cross-platform apps with web technologies like Angular and React.
  • Xamarin - Create iOS, Android and Mac apps in C#
  • PhoneGap - Easilily create mobile apps using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • NativeScript - Build truly native apps with JavaScript

See all alternatives to React Native

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