Swift imbibes the concepts of Objective-C and C language. It provides great access to existing Cocoa frameworks. It doesn’t need a separate library import to support functionalities like input/output or even the string handling. Swift as well as merges procedural and object-oriented portions of the language. Moreover, the run time used by swift is the same as that of Objective-C system on MacOS and iOS. Swift is enjoyable to code, is expressive and simple to use.
Both React Native and Swift have been preferred for iOS app development since long. If you are looking for reasons as to why swift took away iOS app development in stride, here is some food for thought. While some cite reasons as Apple Watch saw noticeable spikes in growth for several listed skills. It seems a bit of a reach to pin it all on Apple Watch and watchOS, but according to experts who kept an eye on Apple’s products reported => when Apple released its best-ever initial demand for a Macbook Pro, Swift used to rank high on TIOBE’s list of popular languages, and is finally starting to eclipse Objective-C among iOS and macOS developers. Apple similarly has tvOS for Apple TV.
Figure 1: Most used programming languages among developers worldwide, as of early 2019
Figure 2: TIOBE Index for most popular programming languages (Updated till September 2019)
React Native has a whole lot of libraries and frameworks like NativeBase, React Native Elements, React Native Maps, UI Kitten, React Native Material UI, React Native Fabric, Lottie Web, React Native UI Library, React Native Paper, React Native Vector Icons. The community also has its set of tools like expo and Create React Native App to assist in building React Native apps without making use of Xcode and Android Studio.
Features of Swift that make it stand out amongst the pool of languages used for developing iOS apps are:
Swift is now one of the most popular topics in iOS app development amongst top mobile app development companies.
What makes them different?
|What is Swift and React Native used for?||Swift is designed to work with Objective C and Cocoa frameworks. It is built by Apple, as an open-source, general-purpose, multi-paradigm programming language that can be used to create beautiful responsive applications for mobile apps, wearables and of course tvOS, macOS and watchOS.|
|Features||Features of Swift:|
Besides the features discussed above, Swift is safe, fast and expressive. It also has:
|Features of React Native: |
|What are the most common applications?||Developers can switch to Swift from their existing Objective C project, therefore it is preferred by most of the startups. Some amazing applications are written in Swift:||Some amazing applications are written in React Native:|
And many more.
|How do they perform?||Swift is fast, flexible and does not require any pulls and picks to get things done.||More memory is required, which makes them slower as compared to their Swift counterparts.|
|Cost of app development||Cost of development is high, as it is iOS specific.|
|Subsequent cost is saved as the same code is applicable across platforms (OS), which saves time and effort.|
|Development process||Swift applications take a longer time to develop as they are platform-specific.||React Native applications take less time to develop across platforms.|
Though we have discussed more about the subsequent features in this blog, performance, cost, development process, common applications and definitions, this article can give you solutions from testing and networking to navigation, etc. If you are a Swift or react native app development company and plan to create a native or cross-platform app from scratch, be sure to contact us.
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