You’ll often hear the term Single Page Application when people talk about React. It’s the idea of bundling the structure, text, and core functionality of a site and sending it to the user in one small package, making the site feel much faster and more responsive. Without those jarring waits between clicking a link and the next page loading, your site feels more like a fast desktop application than a traditional website.
In a business environment, React and other SPA libraries are great when you need fast data entry, “offline” capabilities for when a user is on the road, or even to mimic the look and feel of a “native” office tool or mobile app. And it’s likely that you’ve already used one — Google Maps, Twitter, and Facebook are all well-known examples of Single Page Applications.
React Native is a way to write mobile apps using the same coding style as React. There’s a lot of common elements between the two, with some of the core React developers also working on React Native. If you’d like an app that fits perfectly into the feel of an iPhone or Android device, then it may be a perfect fit for you.
When Facebook started using React, they thought it was so awesome that they decided to share it to the world, making it an Open-Source library. Hundreds of businesses started adopting it, due to its appeal to developers.
React operates on a component-based structure. Each component acts as a building block for an application and can be reused across the app. This helps give a consistent look-and-feel to apps. Furthermore, it makes growing and maintaining code bases easier, and makes developing faster and easier.
The use of virtual DOMs explains why React apps are so performant. Virtual DOMs are kept in memory. Whenever there are any changes to the view, these changes first apply to the the virtual DOM. Then, the updates are applied to the DOM while ensuring a minimum amount of read/write time.
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