Xamarin vs React Native: A Comparison Study
Many businesses seek to develop an app which works both on iOS and Android platform. They choose cross-platform as the solutions. Multiplatform development can help build the app with a smaller team and release it faster.
However, there are many cross-platform frameworks available now that show no significant differences from the architectural perspective. Let’s find out what is better: React Native, Xamarin?
As per our little research
React Native developer community has been growing much faster than Facebook had expected. To date, over 1.6K contributors have committed code to this framework’s codebase. In February 2016, over 50 percent of the commits were contributed by external users.
Airbnb, Walmart, Skype, and Tesla are among the top users of React Native.
Xamarin is one of the oldest cross-platform frameworks available. Founded in 2011, Xamarin community has grown to 1.4M developers across 120 countries. The project was acquired by Microsoft in 2016 and became part of its Visual Studio IDE. This is one of the key reasons why large companies such as Slack, Siemens, and Pinterest rely on Xamarin.
The technology is mainly used in enterprise environments and has gained many positive reviews over the years
Now we move to five notable points to compare these frameworks:
Just in Time (JIT) Compilation
- Xamarin- The framework is based on #C, which makes JIT and AOT (Ahead of Time) compilation possible. However, for iOS, JIT compilation is not possible and Xamarin AOT compiles the application. JIT is default compilation for Android, but it can be configured to AOT.
- Xamarin- The framework works in the Model View ViewModel (MVVM) style. ASP.NET web developers would love this software.
- React Native- It uses one-way data flow comes with React. The JS web developers would love this framework.
- Xamarin- You can find components split between NuGet and component store, but documentation part needs improvement.
- React Native- Documentation is excellent, and you can find all the components in place. In a way, ready-made components are available in more organized way in React Native.
Though quality and quantity of components are the same, React Native is slightly better in this area than Xamarin:
- Xamarin- The framework has a clear advantage of a long-term presence in the domain. You can find assistance readily thanks to community support forums, Stack Overflow, and blogs.
- React Native- The tool is relatively new and has a smaller developer support. We can expect robust community support after some time.
When it comes to testing capabilities of related tools, both these frameworks are equally good. You can readily debug Xamarin-based iOS apps in Xcode Simulator, whereas, React Native-supported apps can be debugged using Visual Studio Code.