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React and React Native by Adam Boduch

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Chapter 12. Why React Native?

Facebook created React Native to build its mobile applications. The motivation to do so came from the fact that React for the Web was so successful. If React is such a good tool for UI development, and you need a native application, then why fight it? Just make React work with native mobile OS UI elements!

In this chapter, you'll be introduced to React Native and the motivations for using it to build native mobile web applications.

What is React Native?

Earlier in this book, I introduced the notion of a render target—the thing that React components render to. The render target is abstract as far as the React programmer is concerned. For example, in React, the render target can be a string or it could be the DOM. This ...

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