5 Years in, React Native Facing Re-Architecture
Though it debuted in early 2015, Facebook's game-changing, open source React Native technology for building mobile apps has actually been under development for five years.
"With this project, we'll apply what we've learned over the last 5 years and incrementally bring our architecture to a more modern one," Facebook engineering manager Sophie Alpert said in a blog post titled "State of React Native 2018" last week. "We're rewriting many of React Native's internals, but most of the changes are under the hood: existing React Native apps will continue to work with few or no changes."
To lessen such frustration, the re-architetcure will focus on three major changes internally:
- New async rendering capabilities: "To allow multiple rendering priorities and to simplify asynchronous data handling."
Facebook, which open sourced React Native in 2015, is also seeking input from the community to better support it by serving React Native users better and by making the project easier to contribute to.
Alpert promised more details on the re-architecture project as work progresses this year. For a look at how the news was received in the developer community, you can see this Hacker News post.
David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.