With different programming languages rising and falling in and out of popularity within the developer community over the last few years (see our recent thoughts on Python in 2021 and beyond), some in the tech industry have been asking the question – why is react popular? Let’s take a closer look.
Simplicity and Ease-of-Use
Today, software cannot come with a steep learning curve. Companies are moving a mile a minute to meet their digital transformation demands and need to hit the ground running with their projects. React meets that need with its software development libraries, making it easy to understand and quickly implement. As stated above, React’s UI is easy to use and follow, making building and creating a simpler and more streamlined task.
Flexibility and Scalability
React provides a great amount of flexibility to developers. For example, developers can use React to create SPAs (single page applications), mobile or hybrid applications, and even a TV application. Moreover, developers can incorporate as many external libraries and tools to build easy to complicated web and mobile applications.
Mobile App Interoperability
Back in the day, it was a nightmare to build applications across Android and iOS platforms since the coding and infrastructure demands were completely different. This led to organizations spending a lot of time, money, and staff resources on building the same application for two different platforms.
With React Native, developers can build without compromise across Android, iOS, and even IoT platforms. React Native enables one single codebase so developers can build powerful mobile applications efficiently and cost-effectively.
React’s framework doesn’t implement MVC (model-view-controller) or MVVM (Model View ViewModel) architecture, enabling developers to choose whichever architecture they prefer for building web applications. While it does offer the option to use the Flux architecture, React makes it easy to implement a bring-your-own-architecture – which is perfect for companies looking to incorporate creative concepts.
Low Maintenance Demands
Going back to React’s flexibility, its code makes the framework easy to maintain in large part due to its reusable components. Since React is primarily concerned with the View/UI layer, the components-based structure allows code elements to be reused multiple times throughout an app or across different projects. This means that build time is greatly reduced, which positively impacts the cost and timeframe for companies releasing new software/services or updating current offerings.
We hope these five considerations have been helpful in answering the why is react popular question. These are just a few of the benefits that help explain why React has become not only a trusted framework for developers but for companies proactively looking to bring in technical talent who have a background and expertise in it. To learn if React is right for your company, and the skills and capabilities WillDom can bring to your team or project, we invite you to visit willdom.com or follow us on Linkedin.
*blog.risingstack.com/the-history-of-react-js-on-a-timeline/(opens in a new tab)