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What is React Native? A framework for building native apps with React. 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 Sails.js? Realtime MVC Framework for Node.js. Sails is designed to mimic the MVC pattern of frameworks like Ruby on Rails, but with support for the requirements of modern apps: data-driven APIs with scalable, service-oriented architecture.

React Native and Sails.js are primarily classified as "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" and "Microframeworks (Backend)" tools respectively.

"Learn once write everywhere" is the top reason why over 170 developers like React Native, while over 41 developers mention "Data-driven apis " as the leading cause for choosing Sails.js.

React Native and Sails.js are both open source tools. React Native with 78.8K GitHub stars and 17.6K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Sails.js with 20.7K GitHub stars and 1.85K GitHub forks.

Instagram, Intuit, and Yahoo! are some of the popular companies that use React Native, whereas Sails.js is used by Redox Engine, HYPH, and LapNghiep. React Native has a broader approval, being mentioned in 719 company stacks & 809 developers stacks; compared to Sails.js, which is listed in 32 company stacks and 13 developer stacks.

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 Sails.js?

Sails is designed to mimic the MVC pattern of frameworks like Ruby on Rails, but with support for the requirements of modern apps: data-driven APIs with scalable, service-oriented architecture.
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What are some alternatives to React Native and Sails.js?
Flutter
Flutter is a mobile app SDK to help developers and designers build modern mobile apps for iOS and Android.
Swift
Writing code is interactive and fun, the syntax is concise yet expressive, and apps run lightning-fast. Swift is ready for your next iOS and OS X project — or for addition into your current app — because Swift code works side-by-side with Objective-C.
Xamarin
Xamarin’s 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’s most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
NativeScript
NativeScript enables developers to build native apps for iOS, Android and Windows Universal while sharing the application code across the platforms. When building the application UI, developers use our libraries, which abstract the differences between the native platforms.
React
Lots of people use React as the V in MVC. Since React makes no assumptions about the rest of your technology stack, it's easy to try it out on a small feature in an existing project.
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Decisions about React Native and Sails.js
Sezgi Uluçam
Sezgi Uluçam
Sr. Software Engineer at StackShare · | 6 upvotes · 43.3K views
Flutter
Flutter
React Native
React Native
PhoneGap
PhoneGap
Apache Cordova
Apache Cordova
#NativeApps
#MobileFrameworks
#JavaScript

For a front end dev like me, using a mobile framework for side projects makes more sense than writing a native app. I had used Apache Cordova (formerly PhoneGap) before (because React Native didn't exist yet), and was happy with it. But once React Native came out, it made more sense to go that way instead. It's more efficient and smooth, since it doesn't have the simulation overhead, and has more access to hardware features. It feels cleaner since you don't need to deal with #WebView, using native UI widgets directly. I also considered Flutter . It looks promising, but is relatively new to the game, and React Native seems more stable for now.

MobileFrameworks #JavaScript NativeApps

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Sezgi Uluçam
Sezgi Uluçam
Sr. Software Engineer at StackShare · | 6 upvotes · 46.7K views
Android SDK
Android SDK
Android Studio
Android Studio
React Native
React Native
Xcode
Xcode
Expo
Expo

I've recently switched to using Expo for initializing and developing my React Native apps. Compared to React Native CLI, it's so much easier to get set up and going. Setting up and maintaining Android Studio, Android SDK, and virtual devices used to be such a headache. Thanks to Expo, I can now test my apps directly on my Android phone, just by installing the Expo app. I still use Xcode Simulator for iOS testing, since I don't have an iPhone, but that's easy anyway. The big win for me with Expo is ease of Android testing.

The Expo SDK also provides convenient features like Facebook login, MapView, push notifications, and many others. https://docs.expo.io/versions/v31.0.0/sdk/

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Apache Cordova
Apache Cordova
redux-saga
redux-saga
React Native
React Native
AngularJS
AngularJS
Redux
Redux
React
React
#JavascriptMvcFrameworks

We had contemplated a long time which #JavascriptMvcFrameworks to use, React and React Native vs AngularJS and Apache Cordova in both web and mobile. Eventually we chose react over angular since it was quicker to learn, less code for simple apps and quicker integration of third party javascript modules. for the full MVC we added Redux.js for state management and redux-saga for async calls and logic. since we also have mobile app along with the web, we can shere logic and model between web and mobile.

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Vishal Narkhede
Vishal Narkhede
Javascript Developer at getStream.io · | 19 upvotes · 62.6K views
atStreamStream
Babel
Babel
styled-components
styled-components
Expo
Expo
JavaScript
JavaScript
Chat by Stream
Chat by Stream
React Native
React Native
Stream
Stream

Recently, the team at Stream published a React Native SDK for our new Chat by Stream product. React Native brings the power of JavaScript to the world of mobile development, making it easy to develop apps for multiple platforms. We decided to publish two different endpoints for the SDK – Expo and React Native (non-expo), to avoid the hurdle and setup of using the Expo library in React Native only projects on the consumer side.

The capability of style customization is one a large deal breaker for frontend SDKs. To solve this, we decided to use styled-components in our SDK, which makes it easy to add support for themes on top of our existing components. This practice reduces the maintenance effort for stylings of custom components and keeps the overall codebase clean.

For module bundling, we decided to go with Rollup.js instead of Webpack due to its simplicity and performance in the area of library/module providers. We are using Babel for transpiling code, enabling our team to use JavaScript's next-generation features. Additionally, we are using the React Styleguidist component documentation, which makes documenting the React Native code a breeze.

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Gustavo Muñoz
Gustavo Muñoz
Web UI Developer at Globant · | 6 upvotes · 20.8K views
JavaScript
JavaScript
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Android Studio
Android Studio
Dart
Dart
React Native
React Native
React
React
Flutter
Flutter
#Flare

In my modest opinion, Flutter is the future of mobile development. The framework is as important to mobile as React is to the web. And seeing that React Native does not finish taking off, I am focusing all my efforts on learning Flutter and Dart. The ecosystem is amazing. The community is crazy about Flutter. There are enough resources to learn and enjoy the framework, and the tools developed to work with it are amazing. Android Studio or Visual Studio Code has incredible plugins and Dart is a pretty straight forward and easy-to-learn language, even more, if you came from JavaScript. I admit it. I'm in love with Flutter. When you are not a designer, having a framework focused on design an pretty things is a must. And counting with tools like #flare for animations makes everything easier. It is so amazing that I wish I had a big mobile project right now at work just to use Flutter.

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Vaibhav Taunk
Vaibhav Taunk
Team Lead at Technovert · | 15 upvotes · 9.3K views
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Markdown
Markdown
Postman
Postman
React Native
React Native
Flutter
Flutter
MongoDB
MongoDB
React
React
Angular CLI
Angular CLI
.NET Core
.NET Core

I am starting to become a full-stack developer, by choosing and learning .NET Core for API Development, Angular CLI / React for UI Development, MongoDB for database, as it a NoSQL DB and Flutter / React Native for Mobile App Development. Using Postman, Markdown and Visual Studio Code for development.

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Reviews of React Native and Sails.js
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Review ofReact NativeReact Native

Native iOS developer here. One of the most important thing React Native managed to accomplish is that it created a better single-platform development experience than the platform owner themselves did. It's faster and easier to develop a react native app than it is to develop an iOS app. And remember that react native is at the end of the day still native. So native views, native components, native modules. You get to pick and choose how much you want to be in JavaScript and how much you want to be in native.

How developers use React Native and Sails.js
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Kurzor, s.r.o. uses React NativeReact Native

React Native is great in that it reduces the overhead of writing native code based on a web app. If written in a good style, Redux part of the app can often just be copied or shared in the Native app - and it just works! What a timesaver.

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Ryan VanBelkum uses React NativeReact Native

The framework used to write the mobile apps in this project. I've chosen this because of the "write once run all" (ios and android) mentality.

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AmericanBibleSociety uses React NativeReact Native

We are not currently using this product but we have very high interest in learning and using this for mobile apps.

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JINJA Ltd. uses React NativeReact Native

New features of our app are developed on React Native, so we could maintain a small dev team.

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Tana uses React NativeReact Native

100% of our mobile codebase is shared between iOS and Android. Using along with TypeScript.

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Cotalented uses Sails.jsSails.js

Sails serves the API backend

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