The Duel: React Native vs. Cordova

Fine line difference between React Native & Cordova:

Well, I would be repeating myself, if I tell you that this century is dedicated to the smartphone revolution and smartphones are dramatically changing every trend. Okay, so we all are familiar with the smartphone impact and their utilization trends. That’s why nowadays everyone is looking for a programming language that operates on smartphones.  As we also know that JavaScript is the ultimate destination of every program developer. And JavaScript has given two high powdered solutions in the form of React Native and Cordova.

React Native supports Android, iOS, and UWP platforms and on the contrary, Cordova works with the Android, iOS, and Windows Phone mobile platforms. Both, programming tools have their respective advantages and disadvantages, so it becomes very hard to select one. That’s why here we are going to slowly break down both tools and test them on different scales to establish some basic difference.

Sleek Difference between React Native & Cordova.

#Basic working principle.

Both mobile application tools work on different working principle. React operates on the basic principle of “Learn once, write anywhere”. That means we can’t take our running web page codebase and convert it into a mobile application with few clicks. And moreover, we can’t share our same React Native code of application on different platforms. Well, Cordova is very cool in that department as you can use your web page codebase to easily tweak it into a mobile application.

#Dynamic Freedom.

Cordova runs on a single-page application inside the integrated mobile web browser, called WebView, that is wrapped as a native application. From outside it might seem that native application, but actually, our web code is running inside the mobile browser engine. That means we are not tied to any other framework or library. As the name suggests, React Native is bonded with React feature and if you are not a fan of it, then React isn’t your cup of tea.

#Native outlook.

To get the proper native look and feel is essential for users. So, Cordova is one simple system, but it has few downsides. As issues might range from missing visual feedback on tap areas, to scrolling that doesn’t feel as silky smooth as in native applications, to there being a 300-millisecond delay on tap events. But, with the React Native, we have full access to the native control. React Native has components such Text, TextInput or Slider that helps to get the native feel and look.

#Impact of performance.

Well, as Cordova has only a WebView at disposal, these lead to the slow performance of the application. As WebView search engine is slower than the Android Chrome search engine and iOS Safari engine, which eventually slows down the application. Since JavaScript is single threaded, then it becomes difficult to run heavy features out Cordova. Here, React Native is multi-threaded, so rendering UI elements run in their own thread. Because React components link to native views, JavaScript is not doing the heavy lifting in React Native.

Make a pick.

Making a pick between both React Native and Cordova is very hard as both have their negative and positive sides. In Cordova, the coding process is easy and can be used on different platforms. With React Native, applications have a more native look and feel. So, both have their pros, that’s why selection totally depends on your personal requirement. Well, most people go for React Native, but that doesn’t make Cordova any less.

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