Analyst: React Native Ready for Enterprise Late This Year
React Native, a new approach to creating mobile apps unveiled by Facebook early last year, is an important development that's still maturing and unlikely to be suitable for enterprise adoption until late this year, IDC analyst Al Hilwa said in recent research report.
"This blend of capabilities in React Native appears to have hit a home run with app developers as it provides a truly native user interface feel to the application while retaining a more agile Web model of software development," Hilwa said in his new for-pay report, "The Evolving State of Mobile Software Development."
Bypassing the WebView is key to the attraction of React Native, the IDC analyst said, but the technology needs more work before it moves beyond its use at Facebook and a few other tech companies to significantly impact mainstream enterprise development.
"IDC believes that React Native puts forward an important new paradigm for hybrid app development that liberates mobile developers from the confines of the WebView component, which is typically used with the Apache Cordova hybrid approach," Hilwa said. "By removing the dependency on WebView, React Native essentially delivers native performance and opens the entire capability of the native device platform to the Web developer. React Native is early on the maturity curve and will likely remain unsuited for broad enterprise adoption until late 2016."
Also, though React Native isn't a true cross-platform approach, Hilwa indicated that within the next few years, new cross-platform tooling based on it are likely to emerge for enterprise use.
David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.