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Getting Started with React Native

By : Ethan Holmes, Tom Bray
Book Image

Getting Started with React Native

By: Ethan Holmes, Tom Bray

Overview of this book

React Native is a game-changing approach to hybrid mobile development. Web developers can leverage their existing skills to write mobile applications in JavaScript that are truly native without using cross-compilation or web views. These applications have all of the advantages of those written in Objective-C or Java, combined with the rapid development cycle that JavaScript developers are accustomed to. Web developers who want to develop native mobile applications face a high barrier to entry, because they are forced to learn platform-specific languages and frameworks. Numerous hybrid technologies have tried to simplify this process, but have failed to achieve the performance and appearance that users expect. This book will show you all the advantages of true native development that React Native has without the steep learning curve, leveraging the knowledge you already have. We do this by getting you up and running quickly with a sample application. Next, we’ll introduce you to the fundamentals of creating components and explain how React Native works under the hood. Once you have established a solid foundation, you will dive headfirst into developing a real-world application from start to finish. Along the way, we will demonstrate how to create multiple screens and navigate between them,use layout and style native UI components, and access native APIs such as local storage and geolocation. Finally, we tackle the advanced topic of Native modules, which demonstrates that there are truly no limits to what you can do with React Native.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)

Structuring the application

It's time to add a little interactivity to our application. You can begin by adding a simple button component to the screen that is touchable. In the root directory, create a folder called App and another folder inside the App folder called Components. In the Components directory, add a file named SimpleButton.js. This will be the directory in which we store and reference the components we create.


Note that the React Native code created in this chapter will work for both iOS and Android. Simply replace index.ios.js with if you are interested in android only. The screenshots and instructions will be mainly for the iOS simulator.

Creating the SimpleButton component

Let's start by rendering some text to the screen and importing it into our index.ios.js file. In SimpleButton.js, add:

import React, {
} from 'react-native';

export default class SimpleButton extends React.Component {
  render () {
    return (