React Native at Airbnb with Gabriel Peal

React Native allows developers to reuse frontend code between mobile platforms. A user interface component written in React Native can be used in both iOS and Android codebases. Since React Native allows for code reuse, this can save time for developers, in contrast to a model where completely separate teams have to create frontend logic for iOS and Android.

React Native was created at Facebook. Facebook itself uses React Native for mobile development, and contributes heavily to the open source React Native repository.

In 2016, Airbnb started using React Native in a significant portion of their mobile codebase. Over the next two years, Airbnb saw the advantages and the disadvantages of adopting the cross platform, JavaScript based system. After those two years, the engineering management at Airbnb came to the conclusion to stop using React Native. Gabriel Peal is an engineer at Airbnb who was part of the decision to move off of React Native. Gabriel wrote a blog post giving the backstory for React Native at Airbnb, and he joins the show to give more detail on the decision.

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