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React Native vs Web Starter Kit: What are the differences?

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; Web Starter Kit: Boilerplate & Tooling for Multi-Device Development. Web Starter Kit is a starting point for multi-screen web development. It encompasses opinionated recommendations on boilerplate and tooling for building an experience that works great across multiple devices. We help you stay productive and aligned with the best practices outlined in Google's Web Fundamentals.

React Native and Web Starter Kit can be categorized as "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" tools.

Some of the features offered by React Native are:

  • Native iOS Components
  • Asynchronous Execution
  • Touch Handling

On the other hand, Web Starter Kit provides the following key features:

  • Multi-device responsive boilerplate
  • Living component style guide
  • Cross-device Synchronization

"Learn once write everywhere" is the primary reason why developers consider React Native over the competitors, whereas "Easy to use" was stated as the key factor in picking Web Starter Kit.

React Native and Web Starter Kit are both open source tools. It seems that React Native with 78.8K GitHub stars and 17.6K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Web Starter Kit with 18.6K GitHub stars and 3.21K GitHub forks.

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 Web Starter Kit?

Web Starter Kit is a starting point for multi-screen web development. It encompasses opinionated recommendations on boilerplate and tooling for building an experience that works great across multiple devices. We help you stay productive and aligned with the best practices outlined in Google's Web Fundamentals.

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    What are some alternatives to React Native and Web Starter Kit?
    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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    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 Web Starter Kit
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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.

    Avatar of Ryan VanBelkum
    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.

    Avatar of JINJA Ltd.
    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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