Monday, February 2, 2015

React Native

Facebook’s Tom Occhino introduces React Native (via Ole Begemann, comments).

Josh Abernathy:

React Native is not a write-once-run-everywhere solution. The phrase Facebook has used so far is “learn-once-write-everywhere.” They’re interested in sharing the paradigm of React across platforms, not the code necessarily.


React let us describe our entire UI for a given state, and then it does the hard work of figuring out what needs to change. It abstracts all the fragile, error-prone code out away from us. We describe what we want, React figures out how to accomplish it.

UIs become composable, immutable, stateless value types.

Andy Matuschak:

I say with confidence as a former UIKit author: React’s model for the UI layer is vastly better than UIKit’s. React Native is a huge deal.

People asked why I like React’s model over UIKit’s: it does a better job of promoting isolation and confining effects, while being simpler.

Jordan Walke (via Nick Lockwood):

This is not the DOM. This is not a web view. If you know ReactJS, you can build native apps with React Native.

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