React Native vs Xamarin

In preparation for a new cross-platform native mobile project, I have been researching cross-platform native app platforms, and topping the list are React Native and Xamarin.  I crossed Ionic off the list because it uses Cordova and a WebView and I want better speed.

Here are some links that have provided insight:

Google Trends: React Native vs. Xamarin

Worldwide. Web Search. 5 years, from Jan 2013 – Jan 2018.


Cruxlab, Inc. Sep 20, 2017: Xamarin vs Ionic vs React Native: differences under the hood

Paul Reichelt, Nov 2016: Why I left Xamarin behind in favor of React Native

John A. Calderaio, Feb 2017: Comparing the Performance between Native iOS (Swift) and React-Native

My background in the last 5 years is iOS native and Adobe AIR.  Given that:

  • I currently have more experience in AS3 and JavaScript than C#
  • I just did a ReactJS web project and really liked it
  • Experienced Xamarin developers are moving to and liking React Native
  • React Native is trending better than Xamarin
  • React Native supports hot module replacement (pretty cool!)

I will investigate React Native first and likely go with it for this upcoming project.

Virtual Nile

According to an ancient Egyptian story, party guests would float a lotus flower with a burning candle placed carefully in the middle.

Each person would share a dream hidden in their heart before releasing the lotus flower down the famous Nile river.

It was believed that if the flame continued to burn for the duration of the meal their dream would eventually come true.

Now you can float your own lotus candle down the Nile without going to Egypt.

Portland OR’s Baba’s Mediterranean Grill recently installed a 4-screen “Virtual Nile” in their new Cascade Station location, which officially opened January 6th, 2018.  With the Virtual Nile web app, customers can create a dream and in real time float their very own lotus flower down the Virtual Nile while they eat their meal.

Users’s lotus candles are labeled with their name.  If their candle stays lit all the way down the Nile, according to the legend their dream will come true!

Me at Baba’s testing the Virtual Nile, Jan 2018
mobile web, Jan 2018

Tech Stack:

  • Cloud: AWS API Gateway, Lambda, Dynamo DB, PostgresSQL DB, AWS IoT
  • “Big Screen”: AWS IoT, Adobe AIR, Starling, Feathers
  • Web App: ReactJS, SCSS, Ramda, Axios