Understanding Native JavaScript Frameworks: Exploring the middle ground between performance and development efficiency – Free Download

The market’s preference for apps that feel native and the shortage of developer talent is creating demand for a new approach to cross platform mobile development. Native JavaScript frameworks, such as React Native, NativeScript, and Tabris.js, are coming to market and are enabling developers to create cross platform apps that are built in JavaScript but look and feel like native apps. Each of these offerings represent different value propositions to various segments of the developer community. We believe the frameworks represent an innovative approach that will disrupt the current method of app development. Developers and vendors should pay close attention to this growing trend.

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Who Should Read This Report

Mobile App Developers and Managers looking for a more efficient way to build high performance mobile apps

Tools and Platform Vendors looking for a better understanding of the benefits and opportunities presented by JavaScript and Native JavaScript Frameworks

Service Providers looking for new ways to reach the developer channel

Why Read This Report – What will you learn?

  • How far along the market is in adopting these frameworks and should developers consider adopting Native JS Frameworks. How much of a priority should it be?
  • What opportunities this trend creates for developers and software vendors.
  • What the differentiators are between various players in the space.

Key takeaways

Native JavaScript Frameworks represent powerful tools for mobile developers

JavaScript is increasingly becoming the technology of choice – development organizations can be confident it can perform well and be applicable in both front end and back end development.

Three vendors are approaching the market from three different directions with separate business models and value propositions. Each offering provides various levels of reach, performance, and developer productivity.


Understanding Native JavaScript Frameworks – Exploring the architecture and benefits of adopting native JavaScript frameworks to develop mobile apps

Market Outlook & Adoption – Measuring how quickly developers are adopting and evaluating native JS frameworks

Vendor Analysis and Comparison – Evaluating each framework’s strengths and weaknesses across a number of different categories including: Performance, Reliability, Mobile OS Support, Maturity, Ease of Use, Flexibility, Business Model, Ecosystem & Tools.

Industry Implications and Opportunities – The adoption of native JavaScript frameworks will cause significant disruption of the mobile app development ecosystem. This section is focused on understanding what segments will be most affected and where opportunities will arise.

Recommendations – Helping developers choose frameworks and advising vendors and service provider on where they can add value.

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To support the conclusions in this analysis, Smith’s Point Analytics interviewed framework vendors as well as users, ecosystem players and service providers. The study also includes a survey of mobile developers designed help the industry better understand awareness, adoption and developer challenges. A total of 47 developers responded to the survey.

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