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Which native app technology to pair with Rails

General • Asked by Aaron Mills

We are currently developing a rails application for a new startup and we are trying to determine which front end and native app technology we should combine with it.

We are looking at React JS and React Native as one option, and also RubyMotion and Emberjs as another option.

Does anyone have experience with either React Native or RubyMotion that can give us some input on their experience?

I'm a huge fan of React and think it's been particularly well thought out. Facebook has spent an enormous amount of time engineering things and came up with a pretty novel approach. One of the clues (for me) that I should avoid Ember was how quickly they were rolling in features and ideas from everywhere else. React's server side rendering is wonderful but Ember chose not to address it for a long time until React came out. They just end up copying a lot of things and I'm afraid that's going to lead towards bloat more than a fantastic framework.

RubyMotion is also a great option. I don't know too much about it, but I believe that this is what Basecamp uses for their iOS mobile app. They have their custom JS framework that works with Turbolinks so I'm sure this made a lot of sense to them.

I think you're pretty solid either way you go. The React community is about a thousand times larger than Turbolinks + RubyMotion I feel like which means you might get a lot more support along the way. This is just a hugely biased opinion from me though, so take it with a grain of salt. ;)

@aaron, any update a year and a half later on what technology you chose to use and any lessons learned?

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