React.js is developed by Facebook to fulfill the basic requirements of dynamic and high performing User Interface. In 2011, Jordan Walke along with his team from Facebook released the React JS library. Fortunately, it brought together a new way of rendering pages and the speed of JavaScript, leading to a dynamic and responsive user input. In 2015, right after two years when the popularity and team of open sourced React.js grew, they released React Native.

React-Native has been launched around 4 years and became one of the widely used JavaScript frameworks as it can be used for Android and it also allows us to build cross-platform mobile apps. There are few contributors, who customized the framework to build a desktop app for Mac and Windows and that is quite awesome!

So, it is pretty clear that React is common amongst web applications and mobile applications. But, what if React can be used in virtual reality apps? Yes, that’s true. It is often the case that usually people have a basic idea that it is used by Instagram, Facebook, Netflix, but do not have any idea about its various frameworks/libraries designed for different tasks. So, a bit of knowledge won’t hurt at all. I am writing this blog to get you through the main differences that I have encountered as a ReactJS web developer who developed skills to use React-Native and built a few native apps using React.js.


React.js most commonly referred as React or ReactJS is a JavaScript library responsible for the rendering of UI components. It provides support for both front-end as well as server-side. React.js is only the V part of the MVC framework that is meant for rendering your views.

React.js: Business advantages

  • React’s virtual DOM is much faster than the conventional full refresh as the virtual DOM refreshes only parts of the page. Surprisingly, the team at Facebook weren’t aware that moderately refreshing a page would give a much faster speed. Facebook was looking for an alternative to decrease their re-build time and partial DOM refresh was a favourable consequence.
  • Reusing code components help to save a lot of time.
  • It helps to debugging speed and make developer’s life much easier.
  • Those who are not familiar with React for them it is easily readable. Most of the frameworks demand for an extensive list of concepts that are only useful within the framework. However, in the case of React it strives to do the contradictory.
  • You can leverage the advantage of all the advancements in the Java language and its ecosystem.

React Native

React Native is a framework for developing native applications using JavaScript. React Native accumulates native app components that make it possible for you to build native mobile applications. React and React Native, both the frameworks are very similar, as React Native uses a set of mobile-tailored components carried by the React package. Some of those components are Text, Navigator, TextInput, ScrollView, View along with native iOS/Android UI components.

React Native: Business advantages

  • React Native comes with Native components and Native Modules that helps to improve performance, unlike PhoneGap, Cordova and other cross-platform frameworks. React Native extracts some of the code components with native API’s.
  • React Native has all the advantages that React.js is offering you simply focuses on a better UI.
  • There is no more requirement to build the same application for iOS and Android, separately as React Native lets you reuse the common logic layer.
  • React Native’s component-based structure let the programmers build apps with a more agile, web-style approach than hybrid frameworks.
  • If you have a basic understanding about JavaScript, React Native is so easy to pick-up as it allows most front-end web developers to be a mobile developer. All you need to know is some native UI elements, JavaScript, platform APIs and platform-specific design pattern and you’re set.
  • There is no more need to rebuild your existing app. All you are required to do is add React Native UI components into your existing app’s code, without having to rewrite it.
  • Native app development usually means slower time to deployment, inefficiency and less developer productivity. React Native is all about responsiveness, bringing high speed and agility of web app development along with the best user experience to the hybrid space to provide your users with a native app experience.

React VR

React VR is also a JavaScript library that is making it possible to build interactive UIs for virtual reality web applications. Making use of the same React design, it lets you develop experiences and 3D scenes in VR. The purpose of React VR is not meant to make complex VR games, its prime focus is on panoramas rendered and 3D scenes in VR. Thus, it let’s you merge 360-degree images with user interfaces and text to produce eye-catching and brand-new scenes.

React VR: Business advantages

  • Any programmer with React skills can easily code with React VR;
  • It is an open-source and free to use, this is what makes VR development less expensive;
  • It has capabilities to combine 360 panoramas with 2D UIs, plus audio along with video support
  • Increasing the toolset of JavaScript and React to offer a wider range of services to the customers;
  • React VR is an extension of React Native that lets you reuse the code in certain places and extends it for 3D.


React seems a perfect development kit for making websites, mobile apps and virtual reality experiences. Being a developer, I am really enjoying React.js and React Native today and now I am trying my hands at React VR as well. I’ve been using it for almost two years and it’s damn fast! The community of React is very big and it keeps growing. The technology is not going away any time soon and I would like to recommend React to any web developer who is interested in building Javascript library that forget about other frameworks and give React a try.

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