PhoneGap聽vs聽React Native聽vs聽Xamarin

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PhoneGap

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React Native

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Xamarin

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Decisions about PhoneGap, React Native, and Xamarin
Thuan Nguyen
FE Lead at SOLID ENGINEER | 5 upvotes 路 163K views
  • Javascripts is the most populated language in the world.
  • Easy to learn & deployed production
  • Fast development
  • Strong community
  • Completed Documents
  • Native performance with lower RAM used.
  • Easy to handle native issues by using native code like Java / Objective C
  • Powered by Facebook.
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Nick Skriabin

We built the first version of our app with RN and it turned out a mess in a while. A lot of bugs along with poor performance out of the box for a fairly large app. Many things, that native platform has, cannot be done with existing solutions for RN. For instance, large titles on iOS are not fully implemented in any of existing navigations libraries. Also there's painfully slow JSON bridge and many other small, yet annoying things. On the other hand Flutter became a really powerful and easy-to-use tool. A bit of a learning curve, of course, because of Dart, but it worth learning. Flutter offers TONS of built-in features, no JSON-bridge, AOT compilation for iOS.

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Aleksandr Filatov
Contract Software Engineer - Microsoft | 2 upvotes 路 89.6K views

I've done some Hybrid Mobile apps with both technologies Apache Cordova and React Native and described my experience in my blog.

In a few words, I would suggest to use each technology in accordance what what is your current code base and what do you want to achieve.

React Native is a great option if you need that extra edge in performance with multi-threading and native UI rendering. Or you already have a web app based on React which you want to port to mobile.

On the other hand, if you have an existing web application code and you want to reuse some or all, including the ability to use web third-party libraries, then Cordova is the best option.

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Pros of PhoneGap
Pros of React Native
Pros of Xamarin
  • 46
    Javascript
  • 13
    Backed by Adobe
  • 11
    Free
  • 9
    Easy and developer friendly
  • 6
    Support more platforms
  • 3
    It's javascript, html, and css
  • 2
    Common code base across all mobile platform
  • 1
    Not bound to specific framework
  • 1
    Powerful Framework
  • 1
    Runs on mobile browser
  • 1
    Similar UI across all platform
  • 0
    Free easy fast and not buggy in my experience
  • 196
    Learn once write everywhere
  • 158
    Cross platform
  • 156
    Javascript
  • 114
    Native ios components
  • 65
    Built by facebook
  • 59
    Easy to learn
  • 43
    Bridges me into ios development
  • 39
    No compile
  • 38
    It's just react
  • 36
    Declarative
  • 19
    Fast
  • 12
    Livereload
  • 11
    Virtual Dom
  • 10
    Insanely fast develop / test cycle
  • 9
    Backed by Facebook
  • 8
    Great community
  • 8
    Easy setup
  • 8
    Native android components
  • 8
    It is free and open source
  • 7
    Highly customizable
  • 6
    Awesome
  • 6
    Great errors
  • 6
    Scalable
  • 6
    Win win solution of hybrid app
  • 6
    Everything component
  • 5
    Not dependent on anything such as Angular
  • 5
    Simple
  • 4
    Awesome, easy starting from scratch
  • 4
    OTA update
  • 3
    Easy to use
  • 3
    As good as Native without any performance concerns
  • 2
    Hot reload
  • 2
    Over the air update (Flutter lacks)
  • 2
    'It's just react'
  • 2
    Web development meets Mobile development
  • 2
    Many salary
  • 2
    Can be incrementally added to existing native apps
  • 0
    Ful
  • 119
    Power of c# on mobile devices
  • 79
    Native performance
  • 76
    Native apps with native ui controls
  • 70
    No javascript - truely compiled code
  • 66
    Sharing more than 90% of code over all platforms
  • 44
    Ability to leverage visual studio
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    Many great c# libraries
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    Mvvm pattern
  • 35
    Amazing support
  • 33
    Powerful platform for .net developers
  • 18
    GUI Native look and Feel
  • 14
    Nuget package manager
  • 11
    Free
  • 9
    Enables code reuse on server
  • 9
    Backed by Microsoft
  • 8
    Faster Development
  • 7
    It's free since Apr 2016
  • 7
    Best performance than other cross-platform
  • 7
    Easy Debug and Trace
  • 7
    Open Source
  • 7
    Use of third-party .NET libraries
  • 6
    Xamarin.forms is the best, it's amazing
  • 6
    Mac IDE (Xamarin Studio)
  • 5
    C# mult paradigm language
  • 4
    Microsoft backed
  • 4
    Microsoft stack
  • 4
    Power of C#, no javascript, visual studio
  • 4
    That just work for every scenario
  • 3
    Small learning curve for Mobile developers
  • 3
    Compatible to develop Hybrid apps
  • 3
    Great docs
  • 2
    Ionic
  • 2
    Well Designed
  • 1
    Ability to leverage legacy C and C++

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Cons of PhoneGap
Cons of React Native
Cons of Xamarin
  • 2
    Never as good as a native app
  • 1
    Created for web pages, not for complex Apps
  • 1
    Poor user experience
  • 1
    Not build for high performance
  • 1
    Hard to see
  • 21
    Javascript
  • 14
    Built by facebook
  • 8
    Cant use CSS
  • 1
    Some compenents not truly native
  • 8
    Build times
  • 4
    Visual Studio
  • 3
    Price
  • 3
    Complexity
  • 2
    Build Tools
  • 2
    Support
  • 2
    Scalability
  • 2
    Nuget
  • 2
    Maturity
  • 0
    Maturidade
  • 0
    Performance

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What is PhoneGap?

PhoneGap is a web platform that exposes native mobile device apis and data to JavaScript. PhoneGap is a distribution of Apache Cordova. PhoneGap allows you to use standard web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript for cross-platform development, avoiding each mobile platforms' native development language. Applications execute within wrappers targeted to each platform, and rely on standards-compliant API bindings to access each device's sensors, data, and network status.

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 Xamarin?

Xamarin鈥檚 Mono-based products enable .NET developers to use their existing code, libraries and tools (including Visual Studio*), as well as skills in .NET and the C# programming language, to create mobile applications for the industry鈥檚 most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

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What are some alternatives to PhoneGap, React Native, and Xamarin?
Ionic
Free and open source, Ionic offers a library of mobile and desktop-optimized HTML, CSS and JS components for building highly interactive apps. Use with Angular, React, Vue, or plain JavaScript.
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.
PWA
Building a high-quality Progressive Web App has incredible benefits, making it easy to delight your users, grow engagement and increase conversions.It is intended to work on any platform that uses a standards-compliant browser.
Sencha Touch
Sencha Touch 2, a high-performance HTML5 mobile application framework, is the cornerstone of the Sencha HTML5 platform. Built for enabling world-class user experiences, Sencha Touch 2 is the only framework that enables developers to build fast and impressive apps that work on iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Kindle Fire, and more.
Flutter
Flutter is a mobile app SDK to help developers and designers build modern mobile apps for iOS and Android.
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