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Hi, I'm a web dev and am using Electron for a desktop app. Now I have to develop a mobile app with the following features:

  • Posting/uploading files by users, private messaging between users, download files, moderation of the uploads, push notification of new posts.
  • Mods can ban users and delete files.
  • Share buttons from the library folder of the user phone.
  • When a user uploads a photo, a pencil tool for deleting staff on the pic.

Which tool is better for such a project?

Thanks in advance

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Software Engineer at BrightSIgn
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Given your experience in electron I think the shortest hop is going to be React Native. Especially since half of the requirements are server-side. Google is doing a pretty great job bringing up Flutter and the tooling is pretty great. For me however, dart seemed like quicksand and not everything is in its final home. React Native is mature, and considering my cursory analysis of your experience and the low complexity of this project, you've got quite a lot of room to grow into Javascript Land. Ultimately, my recommendation is always "play with both, see what you like, and get to know the documentation and the community." Keep your head on a swivel and set aside time to peek greener pastures, but spend most of your time delving deeply into what you're already doing.

But yeah, go with React Native first, get bored of it, learn what the shortcomings are through experience and then see if something else is really more attractive or just a new shiny.

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zensabbah
zensabbah
April 9th 2020 at 6:39PM

Thanks a lot Lee, really appreciate your suggestion :)

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CTO at Nugen Computer & I.T. Services
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Well, I will personally recommend to go for React Native as I have worked in both of them. React native has big community and it is easy to opt as compared to Flutter. There no doubt about the fact that Flutter is a great framework for developing both Android/IOS apps. However, you should have some experience to go for the same. Both will require prior knowledge as for React Native you have to go through Javascript first with which you are already familiar and for Flutter you need to go through Dart. So being familiar with Javascript you should go for React Native. You can go expo which has lot of inbuilt functionalities for the React Native developers.

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zensabbah
zensabbah
April 9th 2020 at 6:43PM

Thanks Varun for your suggestion! Just a little more help.

I saw Pepperoni Kit seems to accomplish a lot of the features I need to build.

Also I saw Expo, it seems help avoiding the installation both Xcode and Android Studio, but it's less "complete out of the box", am I right?

I'm curious to heard your opinion regarding this.

Sincerely,

CS

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Varun Sharma
Varun Sharma
April 10th 2020 at 7:22AM

Hi Zensabbah,

thanks for asking. Expo is a great toolchain that is built around React Native and you can achieve almost every task using expo in react native. As far as Pepperoni Kit is concerned. It is new in market as compared to Expo toolchain. I do not have any experience with the same. However, I personally recommend Expo because you will able to get help as the community for expo is so big. So, you won't be having any issues in troubleshooting your stuff. In case you need any help regarding any stuff of expo then let me know.

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