Real-time communication is a holy grail of web development, and we finally have the ability to incorporate it in our applications, thanks to the Web Sockets API. But as with most browser APIs, the Web Sockets API is rather low level, and if you have spent any amount of time with it, then you know how difficult it can be to use effectively.

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There are several ways to create a mobile application. Do you want to know what the best way is? It depends. What technologies do you have experience with? What platforms are you targeting? How much time do you want to spend building your application?

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In my Easier React Native Development With Expo post, you learned about how Expo makes it easier for beginners to begin creating apps with React Native. You also learned that Expo allows developers to get up and running with developing React Native apps faster because there’s no longer a need to set up Android Studio, Xcode, or other development tools.

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Are you interested in coding mobile apps but don’t have the specialized knowledge or experience in programming and developing iOS and Android apps? Well, let me introduce you to the Ionic framework, which lets you write an app once and publish it to any mobile platform.

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Tools, libraries, and services are an important part of every developer’s life, no matter which environment you’re developing for. And React Native is no exception. In this article, I’ll walk you through some of the best UI frameworks, libraries, components, development tools, and web services which will make you a happier and more productive React Native developer.

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NativeScript is a framework for building cross-platform native mobile apps using XML, CSS, and JavaScript. In this series, we’re trying out some of the cool things you can do with a NativeScript app: geolocation and Google Maps integration, SQLite database, Firebase integration, and push notifications. Along the way, we’re building a fitness app with real-time capabilities that will use each of these features.

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