Walmart Labs open sources its tool for bringing React Native to existing mobile apps – TechCrunch

  • With Electrode, the company’s Walmart Labs division open sourced the React-based framework that powers Walmart.com’s frontend and today the same group is also launching Electrode Native, its tool for bringing React Native to existing native apps on iOS and Android.
  • The basics idea here is that Electrode Native allows large companies like Walmart to take their existing apps and slowly migrate parts of their code to React Native, Facebook’s open source framework for building native apps in JavaScript.
  • React Native simply becomes a third-party library that’s used in the native app and the React Native code then lives in what Walmart Labs calls an “Electrode Native MiniApp.”
  • This approach also means developers can write their code for iOS and Android once (Walmart currently develops an iOS and Android app for all of its main brands) and maybe most importantly, that React Native code inside the app can be updated over the air without forcing users to download…
  • Walmart’s developers first used Electrode Native to update the shopping cart section of the Walmart mobile app.

Walmart is placing a big bet on React Native. With Electrode, the company’s Walmart Labs division open sourced the React-based framework that powers Walmart.com’s frontend and today the same group is also launching Electrode Native, its tool for bringing React Native to existing native apps on iOS and Android.

Sep 29, 2017

Walmart is placing a big bet on React Native. With Electrode, the company’s Walmart Labs division open sourced the React-based framework that powers Walmart.com’s frontend and today the same group is also launching Electrode Native, its tool for bringing React Native to existing native apps on iOS and Android.

The basics idea here is that Electrode Native allows large companies like Walmart to take their existing apps and slowly migrate parts of their code to React Native, Facebook’s open source framework for building native apps in JavaScript. The tool aims to make the integration between React Native and other native apps as straightforward as possible. React Native simply becomes a third-party library that’s used in the native app and the React Native code then lives in what Walmart Labs calls an “Electrode Native MiniApp.”

Typically, developers who want to move their apps to React Native would have to either rewrite their app from the ground, build a quick and dirty integration that’ll cost them later, or build a new platform and tooling for integrating React Native into their apps. Walmart went with the last option.

This approach also means developers can write their code for iOS and Android once (Walmart currently develops an iOS and Android app for all of its main brands) and maybe most importantly, that React Native code inside the app can be updated over the air without forcing users to download a new version of…

Walmart Labs open sources its tool for bringing React Native to existing mobile apps – TechCrunch