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Developers often face this dilemma and only reason behind it is the frameworks are really competitive in terms of functional capabilities and cost-effectiveness.
2018 has been witness to a love-hate relationship between the Ionic Framework and React framework supporters. Both the frameworks offer exceptional support to the poles apart operating system of Android and iOS.
Have you been through the same grind? This article is only for the Mobile App developers who are serious about delivering excellence through their work.
Let us go do a quick run through the introduction of both frameworks before we compare them feature by feature.
To clarify: Sequence of intro has been picked up without any bias towards React or Ionic. So pay attention to the whole write-up, instead of the sequencing.
Ionic Framework harnesses the potential of:
Coming across as an open-source Android App development Framework, it is a very affordable framework. Ionic development has really changed the lives of developers and enterprises. Supporting the development of highly-progressive solutions and it is being used for smart engineering. Developers were skeptical in the phases of initial adaption as the Ionic boasted about the advanced Graphic User interface. Ionic proved its metal as is evident from the count of developers using it now.
- HTML syntax support by AngularJS
- Inexpensive Cordova Plugins that let developer’s access device features.
- Has reusable UI elements
- Bug search is easy
- UI widget support.
The command level interface (CLI) of the Ionic framework is a hot favorite of new developers; it is like a cheat sheet that offers them helpful commands.
Don’t you find it irresistible?
React has been casting its spell over the front end development. Developers have been able to build out-of-the-box Applications as there is less to learn but lot more that you can do with its reusable components
Did you just see what we saw?
Oh my God, They both are in a never-ending battle!
But choosing between them gets easy when you know the answers to these questions.
Hybrid applications: Ionic Framework works better.
Light and fast Apps: React is always preferred over Ionic here as you will not have to install any plugins. You just need to create different options.
Do you want to code to be reusable?
The ionic framework offers ease of structuring the code so that it can be reused. It is evident of its Typescript code language that it can be used for both iOS and Android with just a few tweaks. Going further you can reuse it for Windows Phone, Web App, Desktop & Progressive Web Apps.
Talking of React, it is immensely loved by its community due to the component re usability of the code. So whenever you are working on React you have to develop sub components for each functionality and assemble them together. A little time taking that Ionic re usability but the tweaked code of React works without any hiccups.
What should be the performance capability of the App?
We will tend to be a little biased here as the React framework wins hands down when we talk about the performance factor of the Apps. Faster loading Apps because of the React Fiber Algo and Virtual DOM concept.
Hybrid Apps are already notorious to be slow, beat it by offering to React framework based Apps for your clients.
React offers the Hot Reload feature that makes the task of updating the deployed application easy and less time-consuming. So what will happen is the App will keep running and you will be able to inject a bug fix or a new feature.
How cool is that!
It has been noticed that Ionic Framework developed Android App is lighter and iOS App development is heavier. While on the other hand, it is vice versa for the React, it develops heavy Apps for Android and light ones for Android.
We cannot offer you a clear choice here.
Open source frameworks like Ionic and React offer a very productive and supportive community. A massive technology support is available if you get stuck anywhere.
GitHub support for Ionic is noticeably higher than React but the activity levels are pretty much competitive on both frameworks.
Does your client ask for a prototype?
React prototypes are built pretty easily as compared to Ionic and will save you any last minute design changes as per client’s feedback.
Ionic has few third-party tools for drag-n-drop prototype building.
React has no doubt been the facilitator of faster development cycles and enterprises have shown a bend towards it. It offers end-product level features like faster App and page loading, cross-browser excellence and beautiful GUI development.
More important you need to understand how your team works, what kinds of tools and technologies is it comfortable with. Ionic is no doubt a cost-saving platform as compared to React but usability issues have been reported more for Ionic Apps.
We completely agree that it’s is a tough call to make. If you still have doubts just go through the evaluation question set again to make the best decision for the App. A lot more depends on your personal taste too.
If you are not a professional developer and trying to pin down the best framework for your App, get in touch with our development gurus.