Tempted to abandon React Native for native Android Part 2

My post about some issues I was having with the performance of images in React Native received quite a bit of attention. As developers, we’re all concerned about how well our code does its job. The response was unexpected but tremendously appreciated. The responses helped to give me some insight into the cause of the problem and potential solutions. This, for me, is what makes the internet so great. The first order of business was to test my hypothesis that a native Android app would perform better in the way in which images are handled. I created an app in …

Tempted to abandon React Native for native Android

I have been using React Native for the past few months and have been thoroughly enjoying it. My first React Native app has been deployed to the PlayStore and I currently have another in development. I enjoy using APIs that are intuitive and expressive and React gives me that. Composing views declaratively with JSX is much more fun than constructing view hierarchies in code. This, combined with the ability to use Stylesheets to style views, has allowed me to create more beautiful interfaces than what I have been creating. It took me a while to grok the React way of …

Small coding victory with React Native and WordPress

I just launched a very early preview of my React Native app for my blog that uses WordPress and its REST API as a backend. Naturally, I’d like to know how much traffic the app drives to the blog. I monitor the stats for the website with the popular Jetpack plugin. I’ve seen referrals to links from Android apps before so I just assumed that WebViews embedded in native Android apps used the application ID as the referrer. I hadn’t seen any referrals from my own app so I was already open to the possibility that it might be something …