React is a sophisticated Javascript library used best for rapidly developing, responsive and well maintained sites with minimal load time and efficient work flow for users.

What is React?

React is a JavaScript library that helps web developers build sites from components that can be re-used and re-purposed, saving on developer time and costs. These components can be as big as as contact form or as small as a single button, and their functionality can be easily extended or switched out even across different projects.

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 (Facebook is actually built in React!)

Is React Native the same thing?

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 — even downloadable from their app stores — then it may be a perfect fit for you.

Custom websites and web apps built with React

At 4mation we can explore your website or app concept to see which development library best fits your needs. Whether you need a website that’s searchable on Google, an internal company system for entering data on the move, or a mobile app for deep customer interaction, we can help determine how to best serve your target audience through our detailed discovery process.

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