React Native Windows Team 'Dogfoods' New Update
Microsoft's React Native for Windows dev team announced an update in which the developer experience was improved in part by "dogfooding," referring to the practice of teams using the very same application they created.
Microsoft's GitHub rep for the project says it supports the Windows 10 SDK, so it can be used for web, enterprise or gaming apps targeting devices running that OS including PCs, tablets, 2-in-1s, Xbox, Mixed Reality devices (including HoloLens), Surface Hub and more. Apps can be run from within the Visual Studio IDE or without it.
With the advent of React Native 0.64, Microsoft's dev team highlighted the work done to support more community modules, TurboModules, API improvements and tools.
"There's been a lot of work on improving the developer experience, as that's been a focus for us as a whole across all our frameworks and platforms, and React Native for Windows is no exception!" the team said in a blog post earlier this month. "Through tooling, dogfooding our own work, and 'under the hood' improvements, we're looking forward to sharing with you some of the highlights in this release that we're especially proud to announce."
Also new is a React Native Gallery app the team created to show off all the functionality of the Windows tool while helping development efforts, such as cross-platform module testing,
Other highlights include API parity, with more component properties supported by other platforms now working on Windows, expanded documentation and more.
Other new features include:
- React 17 and faster startup by default: React Native 0.64 brings the latest version of React, and changes the default metro configuration to enable "inline requires", allowing for faster startup by default.
- Community module templates: A new workflow makes it easier to create community modules for Windows by using a built-in template.
- Instance lifecycle events: Native code can now respond to the react native instance being created, loaded, or destroyed.
- A brand new WebSocket stack: The existing WebSocket stack has been replaced with an all new, more-correct, production-hardened implementation.
- Bug-fixes and improvements: The above just scratches the surface on the work that has been happening! We've been continually making bug fixes and improvements across the project.
More information is provided in the above-linked blog post, web site and GitHub repo, along with documentation including Get Started with Windows.
For VS Coders, the React Native Tools extension is available in the code editor's marketplace, installed nearly 2 million times.
David Ramel is an editor and writer for Converge360.