But before we get into each of these frameworks, it is worth noting that the comparison isn’t meant only for the respective technologies but also highlights efficiencies and shortfalls of the procedure itself.
Xamarin has been around since 2011 and is currently at the helm of Microsoft. It is often seen as the first solution for bridging the platform division in mobile application development.
It uses C# for creating a native codebase that can be used to deploy an application for all major platforms like Android, iOS, and Windows. Given that .NET is a very powerful language and comes with one of the finest development environment- Visual Studio, Xamarin can be used to create feature-rich, highly stable mobile apps. Also, owing to its strong backing and large developer community, most of the native APIs are readily available for Xamarin to help keep the applications up-to-date.
However, when it comes to creating the user experience, the framework does take a hit. It is good enough for creating enterprise applications but falls short on creating a highly intuitive experience we all are used to on our mobile apps. Also, compiling code is known to be painfully slow, and creating full-featured apps in Xamarin is something that only proficient .NET developers can do.
- Powerful language makes it perfect for creating enterprise-scale applications
- Wide-scale support in terms of tools and API availability
- Not suitable for creating customer-oriented user experience
- Quick and easy-to-create applications
- Rapidly growing community and support
- Almost native-like user experience
- Falters at deploying complex functionalities
At this point, some might see React Native as the winner while for others, Xamarin takes the lead. And this is the problem when comparing two different technologies. There are no absolute winners or losers. It all depends on the priorities of users. If you want to create an enterprise-scale application that can deliver a mediocre user experience, then Xamarin is indeed your first choice. But if you need to keep a large number of users engaged and require highly intuitive UI/UX, then React Native is your winner. Everything else is relative.
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