Lessons Learned from React Native
There are definitely some drawbacks, however. I found the documentation to be frustrating relative to other frameworks like Flutter. While there were many available demos, I found it hard to track down details whenever I wanted to do something different from the demos. The stack navigator from React Native 4 was poorly documented – especially how it differed in Native versus the web. I did eventually work out all the kinks and get it working quite nicely.
The overall development process was greatly simplified by using a managed Expo project. It allows live updating of code and greatly simplifies the build experience. Luckily, everything I needed (including the audio-visual components for the guided relaxation audio file) was already included in Expo. Leaving the managed Expo ecosystem requires a bit of work, so I’m glad I didn’t have to go there for this project.
Since I spend a lot of time in the world of web development, the flex layout and CSS-inspired styling options seemed very natural. If you ever get frustrated with the layout options of other mobile frameworks, this one is about as easy as I’ve ever experienced.