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Choosing between Xamarin and React Native with Pugh Matrix

Published on 11th July 2018

Having read the advantages that both platforms offers, in the previous blog, let us see if there are any commonalities between Xamarin and React Native frameworks. Below are some aspects that both platforms offer.

Few of the Commonalities:

Multi-lingual support

For easy development of Multi-Lingual Apps, Xamarin uses Multilingual App Toolkit (MAT) which is officially supported by Xamarin & Microsoft. Xamarin development framework also supports independently built & supported plugins to easily handle multilingual app development. Xamarin.Forms provides Flow Direction property that makes it simpler for app development supporting RTL languages like Arabic. Similarly, adding internationalization module called "react-native-i18n" will easily add multi-lingual support to a React Native App development. And, using RTL variable in this module, support for RTL language can be easily added.

Ability to work in offline or no Network conditions

Based on the architecture, offline and sync functionality can be easily developed with SQLite type mini databases for both React native and Xamarin Forms.

Depending on the head-to-head comparison of Xamarin and React Native app development platforms, below Pugh Matrix can be derived. Xamarin forms is the clear winner.

Xamarin or React Native with Pugh matrix

In other perspective, following matrix showcases how React Native stands better than Xamarin Forms.

Key Criteria React Native Vs. Xamarin Comments
Performance both

React Native: Close local execution, super quick applications development, local exhibition can be accomplished uniquely with local dialects, such as Java, Objective-C, and Swift.

Xamarin: Superior applications, extra-ordinary application speed by stage explicit equipment So, like React Native, Xamarin also gives a near local presentation.

Development Environment React Native

React Native is flexible. Chose any IDE/word processor for a versatile application, good number of IDEs available on internet like Atom, Sublime Text, Visual Studio Code, Nuclide, Vim Editor, GNU Emacs Editor, Deco IDE, etc.

Xamarin allows you to work in Visual Studio, and it isn’t simple and sometimes get confusing.

Development Speed React Native

React Native offers ‘Hot Reload’ speeds up the development process, lets you in a flash reload of your application that saves a lot of time, easy code adjustments, and quicker application advancement speed.

Market Share React Native According to the Stack Overflow 2019 Developer Survey, the most loved cross-platform mobile app frameworks are Flutter (75.4%, 3rd Place), React Native (62.5%, 8th place), Xamarin (48.3%, 14th place), and Cordova (36.7%, 17th place)
Customer Support React Native React native: An immense number of learning materials & structures available on Internet i.e. easy learning. An incredible number of blog entries and articles expounded on React Native.
Programming Languages React Native

React Native: javaScript, Java, C++ Objective-C, Python

Xamarin: C# with .Net

GUI & Native Widgets React Native Need to leverage native UI controllers using both React Native or Xamarin but React does the best. And, both offer Native Widgets as well.
Market Support React Native React Native: offers very strong market support and can be leveraged for any kind of applications. Xamarin: also offers strong support but can be used only for simple applications.
Performance & Hot Reload feature React Native React Native: provides 64-Bit issues interpreter and also offers hot reload feature. Whereas, Hot reload feature is not present in Xamarin : and it offers good performance.

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