If you’re an aspiring app developer, you’ll know that Android uses Java as its primary programming language and iOS uses Objective-C; they’re two different languages and if you want to develop an app that runs on both operating systems, you need to be familiar with them both. This significantly increases your development time, thereby increasing the overall cost – and that’s where React Native steps in, bringing tremendously easy app development methods.
Setting up this wonder-software is pretty easy. The instructions for installation vary depending on the operating system and the platform you’d like to start off with. Going with the most popular choice, let’s take a look at how to properly install and set up React Native on Windows.
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In order to install React Native on Windows, you first need to install the following applications:
npm install -g react-native-cli
Android Development Environment is essential to run React Native applications through the Android Virtual Device (AVD), which is an Android emulator. The procedure to install Android Studio is as follows:
The Android SDK can be installed through the SDK Manager; there are two ways to get to it –
React Native requires the Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) SDK. In order to install it, click on the ‘SDK Platforms’ tab within the SDK Manager, and then click on the ‘Show Package Details’ checkbox at the bottom. Navigate to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and select the following items:
Once that is done, click on the ‘SDK Tools’ tab and then click on the ‘Show Package Details’ checkbox again. Navigate to ‘Android SDK Build Tools’ and select ‘Android SDK Build-Tools 23.0.1’. And that’s it!
You can now click on the ‘Apply’ button at the bottom to download and install the selected components.
Setting up the ANDROID_HOME environment variable is crucial to be able to run React Native example apps in the Android emulator. The procedure to set it up is as follows:
Now that you’re done configuring and tweaking the settings, you need an Android device to run and test applications. There are two choices; you can either use an Android Smartphone connected to the computer or you can create an Android Virtual Device in Android Studio. It’s highly recommended that you use a virtual device, as it is much easier and quicker to deploy and test applications with only minor changes to the source code. Here’s how you can create an Android Virtual Device –
Once the device is created, click on the name of the device in the ‘Your Virtual Devices’ list, and press the ‘run’ button to start the virtual device.
The final step is to test the React Native installation to ensure that everything is set up correctly. To do that, you need to create a new React Native Project. This can be accomplished by executing the following lines of code in the Command Prompt:
react-native init NewProject (you can substitute ‘NewProject’ with the name you want to give your project)
To run your app on the Android emulator –
If you’ve done everything correctly, you should see the app running in the emulator.
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