What is Apache Cordova & React Native? React Native versus Apache Cordova technology is interesting . We will compare Apache Cordova and React Native and we will flesh out their pros and cons in using them to build mobile appplications.
What is Apache Cordova
How it works
Using a code editor the programmer makes a modern single page application -SPA- using modern js tools like webpack, Vite etc for compilation. All changes are made and it can be seen in the live loading browser..When the SPA is ready, the programmer builds it using Apache Cordova and turns it into a mobile application apk or ipa. Depending on the platform for which the application is being made (iOS, Android, or Electron), the programmer enters the necessary commands into the command line (terminal). Depending on the chosen platform, the SPA files are added to a pre-built kernel, which is called the app platform. This is the Cordova framework, which will already run our SPA in the form of an application on the phone simulator or device
We have two options: 1. Run the application using the phone’s webview. This is what Cordova uses. WebView is a tool mainly browser components, quite optimized and fast. Cordova plugins using Swift or Java can then add additional native functionalities to the mobile application.You can create anything with these tools-limitless. Although the source code for Cordova on iOS are written in Objective-C, a programmer have it in Swift also. The Android platform is written in Java, but has added support for Kotlin
Cordova and React Native: Key Differences
Implememntation of Cordova and React Native are diametrically opposite.For the average user, there are almost no differences between Cordova and React Native applications.In terms of speed, any cross-platform (read as non-native) solutions lose to native ones. Flutter, React Native and Cordova apps will always be slower than Swift/Objective-C (iOS) or Java/Kotlin (Android) appsit has become insignificant now due to to a variety of reasons , mainly because phones now are very powerful with many with over 64GB RAM. Comparing speed of Cordova and React Native it will be quite similar.
React Native has several build systems: Init and Expo. The first one allows you to write native plugins (like on Cordova), but there is little native functionality , the second one has a huge functionality, but if something is missing, you have to put up with it, and the application becomes bloated.
React from Facebook
Due to the numerous layoffs and restructuring in Facebook now at the start of 2023, -its share price has plunged 70% – we think they have transferred the React division personnel to Vercel Corporation
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