Apache Cordova聽vs聽NativeScript聽vs聽React Native

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Decisions about Apache Cordova, NativeScript, and React Native
Thuan Nguyen
FE Lead at SOLID ENGINEER | 5 upvotes 路 162K views
  • Javascripts is the most populated language in the world.
  • Easy to learn & deployed production
  • Fast development
  • Strong community
  • Completed Documents
  • Native performance with lower RAM used.
  • Easy to handle native issues by using native code like Java / Objective C
  • Powered by Facebook.
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Nick Skriabin

We built the first version of our app with RN and it turned out a mess in a while. A lot of bugs along with poor performance out of the box for a fairly large app. Many things, that native platform has, cannot be done with existing solutions for RN. For instance, large titles on iOS are not fully implemented in any of existing navigations libraries. Also there's painfully slow JSON bridge and many other small, yet annoying things. On the other hand Flutter became a really powerful and easy-to-use tool. A bit of a learning curve, of course, because of Dart, but it worth learning. Flutter offers TONS of built-in features, no JSON-bridge, AOT compilation for iOS.

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Aleksandr Filatov
Contract Software Engineer - Microsoft | 2 upvotes 路 89.2K views

I've done some Hybrid Mobile apps with both technologies Apache Cordova and React Native and described my experience in my blog.

In a few words, I would suggest to use each technology in accordance what what is your current code base and what do you want to achieve.

React Native is a great option if you need that extra edge in performance with multi-threading and native UI rendering. Or you already have a web app based on React which you want to port to mobile.

On the other hand, if you have an existing web application code and you want to reuse some or all, including the ability to use web third-party libraries, then Cordova is the best option.

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Pros of Apache Cordova
Pros of NativeScript
Pros of React Native
  • 39
    Lots of plugins
  • 33
    JavaScript
  • 25
    Great community
  • 22
    Easy Development
  • 17
    Easy to learn
  • 14
    Cross platform
  • 6
    Open Source
  • 5
    Lots of descendants; PhoneGap, Ionic, Intel XDA etc
  • 5
    Easy, fast, not buggy in my experience with my code
  • 3
    Rich HTML 5
  • 3
    Can use CSS3
  • 2
    Easy debugging
  • 2
    Rich css ui
  • 2
    Fast and hot reload
  • 2
    Need a light system
  • 2
    Use what you code in your browser
  • 2
    HTML, CSS and JS
  • 1
    One code base everywhere
  • 1
    Native Web Technologies
  • 1
    Without extra tooling needed
  • 73
    Access to the entire native api
  • 46
    Support for native ios and android libraries
  • 45
    Support for javascript libraries
  • 45
    Angular 2.0 support
  • 43
    Native ux and performance
  • 36
    Typescript support
  • 34
    Backed up by google and telerik
  • 29
    Css support
  • 26
    Cross-platform declarative ui and code
  • 24
    Fully open source under apache 2.0 license
  • 11
    Vuejs support
  • 8
    60fps performance
  • 5
    Powerful data visualization with native UI
  • 5
    VS Code integration
  • 4
    Cloud builds as part of Telerik PLatform
  • 4
    Angular, typescript and javascript support
  • 4
    No need for Mac to build iOS apps in Telerik Platform
  • 4
    Extended CLI support
  • 3
    On-device debugging
  • 3
    Extensibility
  • 3
    Truly Object-Oriented with Typescript
  • 3
    Easiest of all other frameworks
  • 3
    Backed by google
  • 3
    0 day support for new OS updates
  • 3
    Publishing modules to NPM
  • 2
    Access to entire native api
  • 2
    VueJS support
  • 2
    Svelte support
  • 2
    Powerfull mobile services as part of Telerik Platform
  • 2
    Live reload
  • 2
    Native ui with angular
  • 2
    Easy to learn
  • 2
    Vue.js support out of the box
  • 2
    Vue support
  • 1
    It works with Angular
  • 1
    Easy to use, support for almost all npm packages
  • 1
    Very small app size
  • 1
    Write once, use anywhere
  • 1
    Compile to Apple/Google Stores via CloudCompiler
  • 1
    HMR via webpack
  • 1
    Code reuse with your website
  • 1
    Rich ecosystem
  • 1
    Has CSS ;-)
  • 1
    Playground
  • 1
    Hot Reload
  • 196
    Learn once write everywhere
  • 158
    Cross platform
  • 156
    Javascript
  • 114
    Native ios components
  • 65
    Built by facebook
  • 59
    Easy to learn
  • 43
    Bridges me into ios development
  • 39
    No compile
  • 38
    It's just react
  • 36
    Declarative
  • 19
    Fast
  • 12
    Livereload
  • 11
    Virtual Dom
  • 10
    Insanely fast develop / test cycle
  • 9
    Backed by Facebook
  • 8
    Great community
  • 8
    Easy setup
  • 8
    Native android components
  • 8
    It is free and open source
  • 7
    Highly customizable
  • 6
    Awesome
  • 6
    Great errors
  • 6
    Scalable
  • 6
    Win win solution of hybrid app
  • 6
    Everything component
  • 5
    Not dependent on anything such as Angular
  • 5
    Simple
  • 4
    Awesome, easy starting from scratch
  • 4
    OTA update
  • 3
    Easy to use
  • 3
    As good as Native without any performance concerns
  • 2
    Hot reload
  • 2
    Over the air update (Flutter lacks)
  • 2
    'It's just react'
  • 2
    Web development meets Mobile development
  • 2
    Many salary
  • 2
    Can be incrementally added to existing native apps
  • 0
    Ful

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Cons of Apache Cordova
Cons of NativeScript
Cons of React Native
  • 2
    No native performance
  • 1
    Hard to install
  • 0
    Hard to install
  • 5
    Lack of promotion
  • 1
    Slower Performance compared to competitors
  • 21
    Javascript
  • 14
    Built by facebook
  • 8
    Cant use CSS
  • 1
    Some compenents not truly native

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What is Apache Cordova?

Apache Cordova is a set of device APIs that allow a mobile app developer to access native device function such as the camera or accelerometer from JavaScript. Combined with a UI framework such as jQuery Mobile or Dojo Mobile or Sencha Touch, this allows a smartphone app to be developed with just HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

What is 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.

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.

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What are some alternatives to Apache Cordova, NativeScript, and React Native?
Xamarin
Xamarin鈥檚 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鈥檚 most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
PhoneGap
PhoneGap is a web platform that exposes native mobile device apis and data to JavaScript. PhoneGap is a distribution of Apache Cordova. PhoneGap allows you to use standard web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript for cross-platform development, avoiding each mobile platforms' native development language. Applications execute within wrappers targeted to each platform, and rely on standards-compliant API bindings to access each device's sensors, data, and network status.
Electron
With Electron, creating a desktop application for your company or idea is easy. Initially developed for GitHub's Atom editor, Electron has since been used to create applications by companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Slack, and Docker. The Electron framework lets you write cross-platform desktop applications using JavaScript, HTML and CSS. It is based on io.js and Chromium and is used in the Atom editor.
Ionic
Free and open source, Ionic offers a library of mobile and desktop-optimized HTML, CSS and JS components for building highly interactive apps. Use with Angular, React, Vue, or plain JavaScript.
Flutter
Flutter is a mobile app SDK to help developers and designers build modern mobile apps for iOS and Android.
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