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How to Become a React Native Developer in 2018 and Beyond

Good news if you have decided to become a React Native developer. Becoming a React Native developer can be easier if you have some good guidance.

In this post, I’ll guide you on how to become a React Native developer. I’ll share a list of high-quality online tutorials that should help you in the journey of learning React Native.

An overview of React Native

Let’s first find out what React Native is. In simplest words, it’s a mobile app development framework, which you can use to build iOS and Android apps. It’s an open-source technology developed by Facebook.

Official website: facebook.github.io/react-native
GitHub page: github.com/facebook/react-native

React Native is a very popular tool for mobile app development. It’s in huge demand because it allows you to build apps very fast, with near-native performance. It gives you a lot of flexibility for development.

You can choose any text editor/IDE to write a React Native app, and you can build some part of your app using React Native and some other part of your app using native code. React Native provides this kind of development flexibility and freedom.

To master React Native, you don’t need to learn a new language. If you know JavaScript and React well, you can quickly grasp its concepts and can become a React Native developer in a few days. That’s an amazing benefit.

This mobile app development tool has been used in popular mobile apps such as Facebook, Skype, Tesla, Instagram, Bloomberg, Pinterest, Walmart, Uber, and so on.

Famous companies using React Native.
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Choose a code editor

The very first thing that you need to do is to select a good text editor / IDE. There are many, many text editors / IDEs available on the Internet. Not all of them are the same. The right code editor can save you a lot of time.

There are some features in modern code editors that can significantly speed up your coding process. The most popular code editors are Atom, Sublime Text, Visual Studio Code, Nuclide, Vim Editor, GNU Emacs Editor, etc.

Learn from the best tutorials

If you want to be a React Native developer, you need to first learn JavaScript and React (if you don’t know them well). The other technologies that you need to master in order to build mobile apps using React Native are ES6, Redux, and a backend technology.

You also need to learn about debugging, testing, navigation, performance optimization, etc. There are a big number of online tutorials for learning them.

The following are the best tutorials in my opinion, which will make you a good React Native developer.

JavaScript tutorials:

ES6 guide:

React tutorials:

Best resources for learning React Native:

Reliable backend tutorials:

Learning materials for Redux:

Navigation tutorials:

Debugging guides:

Testing guides:

Performance optimization:

You will find a huge number of articles on the Internet about JavaScript, React, React Native, etc., which will help you learn many important and necessary programming concepts.

Work on a project

Working on a project is probably the best way to learn to code. You can truly master a programming technology only after you work on a couple of projects. If you don’t build something, you can’t acquire real skills.

By reading tutorials, you can gain loads of knowledge. But just reading isn’t enough, you have to apply them.

See how to become React Native developer in 2018.
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Once you build a basic mobile app using React Native, you will get the confidence to build more complex apps using this framework.

Keep in mind that you must read the tutorials and experiment with the code examples given in those tutorials before starting a project. Knowing just a few React Native concepts is not enough. You need to gain enough foundational knowledge of React Native by reading tutorials before trying to build a mobile app.

But learning each and every aspect of React Native is also not necessary. Just learn the things that are required for developing an application.

Take action now!

Taking action can sometimes be difficult. You have all the learning resources just a few clicks away, but you can’t start learning, you can’t take action. But what if you can’t take action?

A simple technique to overcome inaction: Challenge yourself to do a task in an extremely small amount of time. The deadline for your task should be extremely short.

You can simply write on a notepad something like this: “Challenge: Read 20 lessons in 40 minutes”. Does that sound impossible?

It’s good if your goal sounds impossible. Set impossible goals to get maximum results. You may fail in achieving it, but you will end up accomplishing so much.

If you challenge yourself to complete a task with an extremely short deadline, starting it will be so much easier and you’ll be more effective. In simple words, this kind of challenges solve inaction and increase productivity.

Final words

In this post, I discussed how to become a React Native developer in 2018 and beyond.

I hope you have found the tips and the links to the tutorials given in this article helpful. Reading tutorials is not the only option you have. You can also watch video tutorials on YouTube.

You can also have a mentor/instructor teach you React Native or you can also join a coding school. The options are many. Choose a learning option that you like the most.

You can post a question on StackOverflow, Quora, or Facebook groups related to React Native if you face any problems, and if you have any friend who has great knowledge and experience in React Native, don’t hesitate to ask them for help!

Matt Warcholinski

Matt Warcholinski is the COO of Brainhub (a software house building awesome node.js web and mobile apps) who loves to build startups and play guitar.

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