React Native

Writing Native Mobile Apps in JavaScript


  • Declarative
  • Virtual DOM
  • Reusable Components
  • One way data flow
  • Performance
  • JSX

A JavaScript library for building user interfaces.


Virtual Dom

Every time you call setState method, a new virtual DOM is generated, this is diffed with the old virtual DOM producing a minimum set of changes on real DOM


Virtual Dom

Data Flow - MVC

Traditional Data Flow

Data Flow - React

States and Props

  • Components can either be passed data (PROPS), or materialize their own state  and manage it over time (STATES)
  • Passed in props are immutable

React Data Flow

Data Flow - React

Components can either be passed data (PROPS), or materialize their own state  and manage it over time (STATES)

Data Flow - React


has no:

  • Controllers
  • Models
  • Views
  • Templates
  • View Models

Only components!

<Components />

Everything is a component

Components are:

  • Reusable
  • Maitainable
  • Testable
  • Self-contained
var React = require('react');

var MyComponent = React.createClass({

  getInitialState: function() {
    return {
      name: "School Status"

  componentWillMount: function() {

  componentDidMount: function() {

  render: function() {
    return (

React.render(MyComponent, document.getElementById('example'));

Example React Component

Now available as <MyComponent />

React uses JSX

JavaScript syntax extension that looks similar to XML

Why use React?

"Because we are smart - and we know what we're doing!" - Facebook Employee, SF

  1. Components are the future of web development (maybe)
  2. ReactJS is extremely effecient
  3. It makes writing Javascript easier (JSX)
  4. The brains behind Facebook are maintaining this project


Who's using React?

Atom IDE, Facebook Messenger, 

Instagram, Whatsapp web, Yahoo, Airbnb,

Netflix, Hipchat, Paypal, SchoolStatus,

and more...

React Native

A framework for building native apps using React & JavaScript.

React Native

  • Uses the same declarative component style syntax and design as React.
  • But declare for UI Elements of Native Mobile Interfaces rather than HTML DOM elements.
  • It is not wrapping HTML/JS/CSS into Native Containers. (PhoneGap-Cordova)
  • Will use its own thread accessing the GPU for handling the UI changes and Animations.

React Native

  • Performance. Should be a super smooth experience.
  • Uses similar syntax as web technologies.
  • Build apps using JavaScript
  • Same Style of Code Structure as React Components.​
    • In theory, should be quick(er) to build UIs for Mobile if you've done it before for your Web Apps


React Native


• Will still require it's own codebase
• You (or someone you know) will still need to understand iOS/Android UI Elements Views/Template Libraries
• Good at CSS Styling? No One Cares.
• Learn Once. Write Differently Everywhere.
• Not as easy as PhoneGap.
• Still Very Early Days.

React Native

Getting Set Up


  • Homebrew
  • Xcode
  • Node (brew install node)
  • Watchman (brew install watchman)
  • React Native CLI (npm install -g react-native-cli)

React Native

To start a project:

  • cd to working directory
  • react-native init myApp
  • cd myApp
  • open myApp.xcodeproj


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By Nader Dabit

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