React allows the efficient build of digital products for the web and mobiles. Its popularity among developers grew over the years thanks to its simplicity, an engaged community, the available libraries, ready-to-use components, and of course, massive support from Facebook. Stack Overflow reports that React is the web development framework of choice for almost 75% of surveyed developers. Techies love it, but can choose to React to bring any real profit for the business?
Who should read it?
Everyone who cares about efficiency in building web and mobile apps. Whether you’re looking to migrate or just choosing a framework for your product, at the end of the day it comes down to being able to sell it to everybody at the table (including the non-technical people). This blog post aims to summarize the potential benefits of choosing React as a framework for your product. Stick with it until the end to find out if using React is a good idea in the long term and whether you should consider adding this technology to your stack.
The three facts below should give you a brief overview of React’s recent past and its near future. Currently, it is the most popular web and mobile development tool on the market and that’s not likely to change anytime soon. Now let’s throw in the numbers to contextualize this information:
- In 2019 JetBrains surveyed nearly 7,000 developers to analyze the state of the developers’ ecosystem. React was selected by 54% of developers as the most regularly used software.
- The year after that, the majority of tech teams starting a new project were using either React, Angular or Vue for building their products.
- In terms of futureproofing your business, React is the framework most developers want to learn. 32% of Hackerrank Developer Skills Survey participants say it’s the framework they want or need to learn next.
Vue is frequently compared to React and also gets a fair amount of attention, but it tends to be used more for developers’ non-commercial projects. Companies are still not convinced by Vue therefore they are not actively hiring developers specialized in this technology as frequently as React developers. Only time will tell the winner of this race. We’re not placing any bets here as each technology has its distinct advantages.
Welcome to the business app projects. These are where decisions have to be made and each of them has certain criteria. Every move needs proper research and results must be bathe principles of programming is as much of a must in this case as in every other technology by a proof of concept. To be clear, there is no golden technology and no “one size fits all” kind of option. React won’t miraculously solve all of your technical issues and put your concerns in the past. As with any technology, it will fit for some projects and not others. The noticeable differences between React and Vue are that Vue will show up only when the project reaches a certain scale. That’s why having a proper architecture set up and knowing ogy.
Before we consider which technology is the way to go, you first have to know what to consider before making the big choice. Here are some considerations that you should think through before deciding on your framework:
- What’s the real price (including the hidden costs)? Starting a web or mobile app project is an expensive endeavor even if everything works really well without any issues. You will need to pay a developer, cover the price of administrative work and the costs of onboarding and potential staff replacements. The resources that are essential for the developer’s work will also pop up on your bill.
- How much time do you have until entering the market? If you have some time on your hands, that’s great! But, if you need to deploy your product or start marketing it quickly, you’ll definitely need a proper set of tools.
- Is the available talent pool sufficient? Access to lots of developers doesn’t necessarily ensure the delivery of a well-polished product. Hiring or outsourcing a talented and experienced developer with enough soft skills to handle the development of your project might be trickier than you think.
- How much further development and maintenance will you need after launching? The work continues long after the launch day as every digital product needs regular maintenance. You also need to prepare for hiring developers needed to implement
improvements in the future.
What you’re here for (benefits for business):
React brings the possibility of building new MVP features fast. Additionally, React Native allows quick transition from web to mobile. It also offers cross-platform possibilities between iOS and Android apps. Code sharing between the web, iOS, and Android systems has turned what used to be three distinct codebases into more of a single unified one.
The technology lets developers work with a narrow toolset using modern JS principles and methodologies. A single team can manage multiple apps on different platforms. Rich and fast UX as well as easy maintainability and well-performing front-ends are the additional benefits of using React.
Big players like Facebook, Netflix, PayPal and Tesla Motors use React framework due to its efficiency and modern approach. From its humble roots as simply a troubleshooting idea, it has been transformed into the library of choice for many developers and a leader in adoption of a new design approach for the whole industry. The ever expanding and intuitive UI library helps to create features that answer business needs and improve customer satisfaction.
- React is component-oriented – It’s easy to learn and use and it allows for the quick development of new features. Shareable libraries and ready-to-use elements can cut both time and the cost of further development.
- Speed to market – Again, increased speed means decreased cost.
- Single code base – On-demand changes mean fewer maintenance costs.
- Stable with a large developer ecosystem – The available talent pool means an easier hiring process and relatively lower hourly costs (for example in comparison with RoR developers).
- Big guys use it too – A steady stream of financing means a longer life which results in more future-proof technology