Why React Native is the Future of Mobile App Development at Shopify

Friday, 16 April, 2021

React Native, an open-source app development framework created by Facebook, has been trending in the global market for quite some time now. Whether we talk about Discord, Walmart, Facebook, or even Instagram, today’s leading brands use React Native to build unique mobile applications for their users. While talking of the popular users of React Native, we today have one more name added to the list, and that is Shopify. Yes, you heard it right!

After years of using React Native for developing its web applications, Shopify reports that it will use the robust framework for its app development. Reasons being upscale in productivity and acquiring a company called Tictail that entirely focuses on React Native mobile applications. But that’s not it!

Here are some amazing benefits that compelled the leading e-commerce brand Shopify to claim React Native as their future app development framework. Let’sLet’s take a look at some of the prominent ones!

Why React Native is a Promising Future of App Development?

Below are some of the most notable perks of React Native, which makes this framework best for large companies.

1.     Code Sharing Capabilities

The first and foremost benefit that React Native provides is its code-sharing capabilities. iOS and Android are the two most prominent platforms of the app development sector. For developing apps for these two different platforms, the developers need to learn various languages (Objective C and Swift for iOS apps, and Android SDK and Java for Android apps). However, the scenario is a bit different with React Native.

The React Native framework enables the developers to share the same code for developing iOS and Android applications. Not just mobile apps, but even the same code could be reused in developing web applications. That eventually saves a lot of time and cost for the businesses while developing efficient mobile applications across various platforms.

2.     Open Source

Another excellent benefit of React Native in app development is its open-source capabilities. React Native is an open-source framework with a strong community that constantly works to improve the framework’s features and errors. That means. You will have new features and could even suggest your changes to the framework whenever you want.

Also, since you have a strong community of native developers and JS experts, you can have a vast knowledge of all the freely available tools and components that could eventually make your app development project a hit in the market.

3.     Easy to Learn

That’s a significant benefit for the developers that are already involved in a lot of other technologies and frameworks. React Native is an easy-to-learn language. The framework uses JavaScript as a programming language that a beginner can easily understand with little or no experience in web development.

That means you do not need to look for professionals to build an app using React Native. Any person having the basic knowledge of JavaScript could help you build an efficient and feature-rich mobile application across various leading platforms.

4.     UI Responsive

What’s the point of having a mobile application that does not focus on UI. In fact, UI and UX today are the two most crucial aspects for the success of any mobile application, and React Native has got it covered!

With the use of React Native framework, you can substantially reduce your app’s overall loading time. Moreover, the framework even offers excellent development environments and is compatible with almost all mobile devices. Plus, you can even get a live reloading capability with React Native Framework. What does that mean?

That means that you can get a real-time look at your application while changing your source code. It is highly beneficial when you want to look at how a particular feature will affect your application.  

5.     Compatible

Finally, we have compatibility as the last but not the least benefit of React Native for developing mobile applications. React Native is compatible with many third-party plugins. That means you can deploy more features on your mobile application while freeing up space and extending your application’s capabilities.

Features like zoom in, zoom out, screen rotation, and much more offer a smooth experience to your app users, and that eventually makes your app/brand popular and profitable in the market.

Why Shopify Chose React Native for Mobile App Development?

Now that we know the benefits of React Native in the mobile app development sector, let us quickly discuss why Shopify chose it for its app development? Let’sLet’s start from the start!

Shopify always believed in using the latest technology that could help them move upwards at a faster pace. That’sThat’s why they are always the core contributors to specific technologies that they find innovative. Ruby on Rails is an excellent example of the thing mentioned above.

Now, Shopify was already using React Native for building its web applications. However, with the advances in app development, the company observed that most of their buyers purchased from their mobiles. Not just that, but even the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales were happening through mobile devices. Hence, Shopify thought of launching the three mobile app versions for their users viz., Arrive, Point of Sale, and Compass.

Here’s what the company witnessed after using React Native for their three app development projects:

  • Arrive was initially available only for iOS users, but Shopify also felt its need for the Android platform. Hence, React Native was used to developing an Android version of the application, and to much surprise, the same code was reused to build the Android version. It cost the company almost nothing to launch the Android version of Arrive.
  • In the Point of Sale application, the company left the iOS version to the native team while the Android version was built using the React /native framework. The Android version was found to be performing high even with the CPU threshold of 1.5GHz.
  • Lastly, with the Compass, the company eventually divided to use React Native for building all of its versions, and they saved a huge chunk of time and cost due to code sharing capability.

Apart from these three app developments, the acquisition of Tictail also compelled Shopify to leverage React Native as they witnessed its massive advancement in a short time. They were already using the framework for web applications, and that previously owned knowledge finally helped them make a faster switch from web to mobile using the same framework.  

Final Verdict

To conclude, we can say that, although React Native has become a more extensive term at Shopify, the company will not rewrite all of its apps in the React Native framework. However, the company will continue to understand the framework’s subtleness and its platforms to come to a specific decision. However, seeing the learning curve of the React Native at Shopify, one thing can be said for sure – the duo will deliver more hits in the future, and React Native for app development at Shopify might turn out to be the next big thing.

This guest article was written by Pooja Choudhary, who is a digital marketer at Matellio who has a love and passion for digital marketing. She enjoys implementing various writing styles and techniques. She is a graduate in Information Technology which gives her a broad spectrum of understanding various technologies. Her passion resides in sharing knowledge with the world and growing by keeping abreast of the latest industry facts.

Analysis of Top 3 JavaScript Frameworks

Wednesday, 26 June, 2019

State of JavaScript Frameworks in 2019 – Angular, React & Vue

For front-end developers, things were simpler in the early days. There were fewer front-end JavaScript frameworks to choose from.

Today, however, it’s not the case. With every passing day, it’s becoming increasingly challenging for them to make up their mind.

If you’ve found yourself in a similar situation, then you’ve arrived at the right place.  And most probably, you must also be confused between the following three choices:

  • Angular
  • React
  • Vue

Though Angular and React are the two most popular front-end JavaScript frameworks these days, but Vue is also gaining traction rapidly.

So, how are you supposed to choose?

Before you can make a decision, you need to be clear about what JavaScript frameworks actually are.

What Are JavaScript Frameworks?

A JavaScript framework is basically a pre-written JavaScript library that makes the development process easier through a readymade layer of abstraction.

In simplest terms, these JavaScript frameworks offer a package of functions to create a responsive web UI faster.

Developers usually find themselves lost in deciding as which JavaScript framework will best address their web development needs.

This article will help you gain the necessary knowledge of each framework so that you can choose the right framework for your next project.

So, without any further ado, let’s find out!

Top JavaScript Frameworks

Choosing a javascript framework can sometimes become a tedious task, especially when there are certain factors to take into consideration. Whether you’re a beginner or already have somewhat experience, this separate analysis of each framework will help you make the right decision.

Angular

angularAngular was once a prime choice among front end developers until react came out. But Google then made substantial changes to its architecture to get it back into the game.

So, what does Angular has to offer today?

The best change that Google made in Angular 1.0 is converting it into a component-based architecture from the Model-View-Whatever (kind of MVC). Since this change, Angular has become fairly modular.

Today, if you want to build a web app using Angular, you can do so by breaking up your web into numerous components.

Apart from components, you will also have to get familiar with services, Angular directives, and dependency injection framework.

Recently, Angular has also added support for TypeScript to ensure type-safety in Angular-based web apps. Although, using TypeScript in the latest Angular version is not so pleasant to work with.

Compared with React, Angular is much of a complete framework that has all the tools a developer would need.

Overall, the bottom line is this – Go with Angular if you don’t prefer using additional libraries in React framework.

React

ReactWhen React arrived in the market, it stormed the JavaScript world and immediately joined the ranks of the leaders. In fact, React also introduced many new concepts of its own.

React, similar to Angular, also follows a component-based architecture. But, apart from components, React has also encouraged developers to build a huge amount of additional tools to attain the highest flexibility.

However, if you decide to use React framework, be ready to face the dilemma of choosing the right tools from a vast amount.

Overall, React can definitely help you build a most advanced UI if you can identify the right tools for your project.

Vue

If you’ve somewhat experience working with JavaScript’s, then Vue might seem like a mix of Angular and React. The truth is, Vue is actually a mix of Angular and React.

The creator of Vue, Evan You, did borrow certain concepts of both Angular & React JavaScript frameworks.

So, why should you choose Vue when there is nothing new in it?

Well, one of the many reasons to use Vue in your next project is because of the Redux library which is often used for developing large-scale React apps.

But, the only problem with React + Redux apps is, once it grows bigger, you’ll often find yourself making small changes in multiple files, rather than working on new features.

Apart from this, if you compare Angular with Vue, the Angular is a full-fledged framework with an over-complicated and restrictive nature, while Vue is rather simpler and less restrictive.

Overall, Vue can be a great choice compared to both React and Angular, if your project is rather simple and less complicated.

Which JavaScript Framework Should I Use?

It all boils down to one thing – The nature of your project.

But if we look at each framework individually, then both React and Angular is a better choice compared to Vue since both have an immense amount of support from Facebook and Google. 

However, if you are looking for a new approach to give it a try, only then you should pay attention to Vue.

So, have you made your decision yet? Let us know your thoughts in the comment below.

This guest article was written by Atman Rathod, who is the Co-founder at CMARIX TechnoLabs Pvt. Ltd., a leading Angular Development Company with 13+ years of experience. He loves to write about technology, startups, entrepreneurship and business. His creative abilities, academic track record and leadership skills made him one of the key industry influencers as well.

Microinteractions in UI – Focus on the details

Tuesday, 11 June, 2019

The brand philosophy of the most popular Design House Stockholm says “Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful”. So, the basic idea of Microinteractions are to focus on the details that can truly transform the basic user experience of an application. There are many practices  to enhance the overall user experience such as well-structured information, meaningful content, attractive design, responsive and fast loading pages etc. But apart from all these high-level technicalities, there are micro level interaction details that can that can keep the users delighted and increase retention.

In short, Microinteractions are those tiny enticing moments built into the application, which stimulates a feeling of happiness to the end users. As a designer, identifying the micro interactions in the application is equally important as designing them. It’s the meticulous attention to detail that differentiates an outstanding website from the rest.

Definition

Dan Saffer, the famous Interaction Designer & the author of the book Microinteractions, defines micro-interactions as “contained product moments that revolve around a single use case -  they have one main task”. According to Saffer effective Microinteractions follow a four step process mentioned below.

Triggers:
This is what initiates the Microinteraction. A trigger can be a floating icon that enourages a user to click, swipe, tap, pull, scroll.

Rules:
The trigger engages the rules. This is what happens during the interaction and it needs to feel natural for a user.

Feedback:
This lets the user know what exactly is happening. For example, it can be loading animation, pop-up, color fill an icon or any other range of interaction.

Loops and modes:
This determines the length of a Microinteractions as well if the user will need to repeat it or change it over time.

Instant Feedback:

An input feedback should work instantly in a good UI system. Imagine a scenario where the user is filling a huge web form and when he clicks the ‘submit’ button after completing all the fields, the form is throwing an error message. This will make the user instantly frustrated. Besides the irritation of finding the fault input field, there is a big chance that some of the fields get empty, making you putting the whole information again. Providing information, automatically appearing when needed, will ease the frustrating process of filling rules. For most of the people, this information would be unnecessary, they don’t want to see a bunch of text before each empty field. Thus, that info can be hidden in a small icon, which expands to a small box in case you hover or tap on it.

When the user fills in form, the system instantly checks for the input text and kindly reminds the user to correct the fields if there is a mistake. The process of feedback is given straight after the users leaves that input field. The validation or help message appear only when there is a mistake, sliding from the top and colouring the filed red to attract the user’s eye.

Examples

Here are some cool microinteraction techniques created by smart UI guys which I found from various sources on the web.

Quick Reference

http://microinteractions.com/microinteractions-quick-reference/

Conclusion

Microinteractions are a great way to enhance the overall user experience of an application. Along with other tiny techniques, animations can also bring in a lot of personality which enhances the brand experience. Microinteractions can also make the app user experience easier and more seamless which is a very important aspect of product branding.

In UI/UX, it is highly important to study the behaviour of end-users and how they feel about a particular product. Even very small things require proper attention as it can turn the things in your favour. This is where Microinteractions come into play as they acknowledge the users and give them the necessary feedback and understanding of the current process, thereby making the interface more interactive and usable.

CSS Grid – The most exciting thing to happen since CSS3

Saturday, 2 February, 2019

Let’s take a quick look at the most exciting thing to come to front end web layout in a long time. That is the technology called CSS Grid.

The Problem & Solution:

Problem: Current tools for web layout are content-out and one dimensional.
Solution: Two-dimensional layout-in tool to separate content from presentation.

Introduction to CSS Grid:

CSS Grid is the most exciting new way to create amazing layouts on the web. It’s not a framework or library, it’s just an addition to the CSS language that allows us to quickly create flexible, two dimensional layouts. With the introduction of CSS Grid, we now have an independent layout mechanism which has a lot of cool benefits. Now we can write more resilient code without the help of any hacky tricks. In simple words, we can now do a lot many things with fewer lines of code.

Rather than having to deal with tables, flex boxes, floats and positioning – we now have this amazing, two dimensional layout mechanism, which allows us to control all aspects of our rows and columns, at the same time. Grid is one of the most powerful specification that, when combined with other parts of CSS such as flexbox, can help you create layouts that were previously impossible to build using plain CSS.

The grid also gives us a flexible way to change the position of elements completely through CSS, without changing a single line in the HTML code. This can be used with media queries to alter the layout at different breakpoints.

CSS Grid Definition:

CSS grid layout or CSS grid is a technique in Cascading Style Sheets that allows web developers to create two-dimensional complex responsive web design layouts more easily and consistently across browsers.

CSS Grid Terminology:

Grid container: Element containing a grid, defined by setting “display: grid;”. The first step to setting up your grid is to define your grid container. A grid container, houses and establishes and your grid. The container sets the grid formatting context and manages how its direct child elements are spaced, sized and aligned.

Grid item: Element that is a direct descendant of the grid  container. Any element inside a grid container is considered a grid item.

Grid line: Horizontal (row) or vertical (column) line separating the grid into sections. Grid lines are referenced by number, starting and ending with the outer borders of the grid.

Grid cell: The intersection between a grid row and a grid column. Just the same as in an html table cell.

Grid track: The space between two or more adjacent grid lines. Row tracks are horizontal and column tracks are vertical.

Grid area: Rectangular area between four specified grid lines. Grid areas can cover one or even more cells.

Grid gap: A grid gap is an empty space between grid tracks (normally called as gutters).

Browser Support:

As of October 2017, Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge all support CSS grid without vendor prefixes. IE 10 and 11 support CSS grid but with an outdated specification. On mobile, all modern browsers support CSS grid except for Opera mini and UC browser. Web developers targeting older browsers can utilize Modernizr 3.5.0 to detect and gracefully degrade the webpage as needed.

Example

I have created a fiddle to showcase the CSS Grid capabilities in a nutshell. You can play around with it and learn more about the possibilities.

Further Reading

A Complete Guide to Grid | CSS-Tricks
CSS Grid Layout – CSS: Cascading Style Sheets | MDN
Building Production-Ready CSS Grid Layouts Today
CSS Grid Layout – W3Schools

Top 8 Must-have Technologies in Mobile App Development

Thursday, 30 August, 2018

Over the last decade, the use of mobile app development has increased significantly. With this ever-growing demand for both smartphones and mobile apps, more and more companies are interested in taking their business online and especially having a mobile app to serve their customers through a mobile application. Right from booking movie tickets to airplane tickets, there is a mobile app for everything.

Now this insanely growing demand for more functional mobile applications has led to a significantly widespread interest in the mobile application development services across the globe. Today, in this post, we will see the top 8 latest technologies that have made it to the 2018 year.

Here’s what you need to know

Cloud technology

Of course, that is no hidden agenda behind the cloud technology. Everybody is familiar here with the super advantages of cloud technology and how it can change our daily life. Today is cloud technology not only insanely fast, simple to deploy, and cost affordable but also provides a fantastic working argument for both startups and large-scale enterprises.

Onedrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive are some of the exceptional cloud technologies that have been making customers life super easy and in a coming couple of years we can expect new dynamic applications that directly can be run on the cloud and occupy minimum space in the smartphone storage.

Enterprise mobile applications

It’s obvious that more and more mobile application developers are stepping towards building efficient and result-driven enterprise mobile applications. And the reason behind that is the application keeps giant teams connected always and also allow them to track essential metrics and KPIs which are now needed by almost every business. More than 40% of the enterprise application developers earn $10000 per month when compared to the 20% of developers who build customer-centric applications. In addition to that, enterprise applications are expected to be the next big thing in the IT industry since there would be more B2B interaction, an excellent chance will be offered to the application developers.

IoT will open new doors

Internet of Things is already making sensations not only in the IT industry but also automobile, real estate, Healthcare, and various other sectors. Currently, the IoT industry is almost $20 trillion so we can expect that in the next 5 years more than 5 million people will be using IoT based Technologies in their daily life.

Currently, IoT is mainly used in modern wearable technologies, smart thermostats, etc. but in the next couple of years we can expect this technology to be rapidly adopted by every industry and sector.

Location-based Wi-Fi services will become more common

Whatever the slightest differences between the online and offline advertising before, now these limitations have been blurred by the mobile location services and Beacon technology. And this case is true, especially in the retail industry. The Apple company had already integrated this new technology within iBeacon and soon Android followed its footsteps.

Very soon in the future, Wi-Fi will be utilized by people across the globe for more than just browsing the internet since more and more public hotspotß can be expected to turn on as location access point and for these reasons, app developers have to take leverage of such incredible location based wi-fi services.

M-commerce will be the next excellent opportunity

Already the E-commerce market is full of companies like Amazon and eBay and we can expect nothing less from M-commerce as in the coming years M-commerce applications will be the center of the attraction. With mobile phones that are featuring latest technologies such as fingerprint recognition, utilizing the smartphones to complete financial transactions are greatly accepted by the customers. In regards to this, the application developers will also have chances to develop M-commerce applications that can offer extra functionalities to the customers.

In-app advertising will grow

With the significant number of smartphone users across the globe utilizing their smartphones to perform every single task, there will be a study group in app advertising and purchasing. According to the source, the in app-purchasing from smartphones is approximately $9 million in the year 2017.

APIs will take charge

As we are moving toward the future mobile application development will increase the necessity of utilizing smartphones across devices and the glow, an API-first method make sure that both the agility and the flexibility with which the application runs errorless.

App security becomes a necessity

With significant improvements that are taking place in the technological world, the application security along with the smartphone security will be one of the important concerns. Already there is a numerous number of applications that have been tracked in both App Store and Play Store, the need for app security is greatly increasing.

Thus, Google and Apple are collectively increasing the state and making sure that the app stays safe and app developers also have to understand the importance of focusing more on cyber security and implement next-gen security features within the mobile applications.

This guest article was written by Mohd Sohel Ather a software engineer and now he is working with VironIT As one of the global leading web and mobile app development company, VironIT, is known and preferred IT solutions partner for clients across the globe. And believe in deploying the latest tools and technologies to deliver an efficient and client-centric app development solution within the stipulated time frame and budget.

How to Start Android App Development for a Newbie

Thursday, 31 May, 2018

With more than one billion active users on Android platform, there is a huge demand for Android app development in the market. Such statistics are enough to drive you towards Android app development.

But if you are a newbie then gaining complete knowledge about Android app development is require before you instigate the process. To make it convenient for you, we have tried to share the most about Android app development for beginners or newbie.

What is Android all about?

Android particularly refers to the mobile operating system based on Linux, which is developed by Google. This is open-source software, implying that the source code is available for everyone and is subject to modifications.

Therefore, Android code can be used as a base code and customized into proprietary features as per the requirement.

Is Android Designed Only for Phones?

No! Besides mobile phones, Android can be used to run all types of devices, game consoles, car systems, cameras, and other platforms.

Android users can consider using any device that is right for them. If you are a budget-conscious professional, you can even consider free of cost tools. Moreover, if you are not convinced with the operating system configured on your phone, you can always overwrite it with a customized version.

Getting Started with Android App Development – Establishing an Android Studio

Before you begin the Android App Development process, you must follow these basic steps;

  1. Installing Java on the computer. Avoid this if Java is already installed on your device.
  2. Installing Android SDK.
  3. Installing Eclipse. This is integrated development environment, or IDE suggested for Android development.
  4. Using and installing Android Development Tools or ADT plugin for eclipse.
  5. Downloading the remaining SDK components from SDK manager in eclipse.

 

There are Android app development tools available for OSX, Linux, and Windows. Hence, you don’t require purchasing any additional hardware for developing Android apps.

What languages Available for Android App Development?

Usually, Android apps are developed in programming languages known as Java. It is a highly popular and object-oriented language that is easy to pick up and works with other object-oriented languages, such as C#, Ruby, or Objective-C.

Also, there is a Native Development Kit or NDK offered from Google that enable developers to write vital part of their apps with native languages such as C++ or C. This is helpful if you require reusing the existing libraries or code in such languages, or if you wish to try the best performance as possible for the app.

There are a few tools that enable you to write apps with web languages like CSS, HTML, or JavaScript. Also, you can write apps running inside WebView, implying that it is a full-fledged web page.

How much cost is involved in Android App Development?

The great thing about Android app development is that it is available for absolutely free. There is an emulator included in Android SDK that functions like a real Android device from the computer. Hence, you don’t even require a tablet or phone.

There are numerous free tools listed that ensures you don’t have to spend much. All you need is an internet connection and a computer.

Recommendations for You

There is certainly no correct way to develop apps for Android, but it is worth investing in Google’s recommendations.

One major benefit is that the community of Android app development is expanding at a rapid scale. There are reliable resources available such as StackOverflow and Treehouse that offer communities with big support. Additionally, there are numerous useful tools and libraries available for the development process.

If you are beginning with a programming language, just make sure that Java for Android is quite different than Java for complex and big enterprise systems. To ensure that the process goes smoothly, it is wise to check some nice Google tutorials that walk through the basics of this process. Most importantly, it is essential to absorb what you have learned from your experiences.

Summing Up

Android is still a new concept, but it has quickly become a popular platform for smartphones and has progressed and matured over the years. The future of Android Application Development is even more interesting and holds great exclusivities for Android developers and devices. While the world is going mobile, Android app development is at a high pace. Most importantly, the process is easy and available for free.

Hence, if you want to make the most of your business, now is the correct time to learn how to write your apps on Android platform.

This guest article was written by Sunny Chawla, who is a Marketing Manager at AIS Technolabs. Web design and Development Company, helping global businesses to grow by Hire Android Application Developers. He would love to share thoughts on Market research experts, Social Media Marketing Services, Game Design Development and Digital Marketing etc.