Why do we use React?

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Arlind Musliu

October 19, 2021 · 4 min read · 169 views

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As a pioneering digital agency, Lucky Media is committed to harnessing the power of innovative technologies to deliver exceptional digital experiences. Our journey has led us from the familiar terrain of Blade and Vue.js to the expansive capabilities of React.js and Tailwind CSS. This evolution reflects our dedication to not only meet but exceed the ever-changing demands of the tech industry.

A Strategic Move for Scalability and Flexibility

Our transition to React.js marked a pivotal shift in our approach to building user interfaces. Created by Facebook, React.js offers a plethora of benefits that have significantly improved our development process:

  1. Component-Based Architecture: React's modular structure allows us to create encapsulated components that manage their own state, leading to more manageable code and faster development cycles.

  2. Virtual DOM: React's use of a virtual DOM (Document Object Model) facilitates efficient updates and rendering, ensuring high performance even in complex applications.

  3. Rich Ecosystem: With an extensive library of tools and extensions, React.js provides everything developers need to build dynamic, responsive web applications. This includes state management tools like Redux, routing solutions like React Router, and an abundance of community-contributed components.

  4. Strong Community Support: React's widespread adoption means there's a robust community of developers and a wealth of resources available, including tutorials, forums, and third-party libraries.

  5. Enhanced Productivity: With features like hot reloading, developers can see real-time changes without losing the application state, which streamlines the development process.

The Power of React.js

React.js empowers us to build complex user interfaces and reusable components. While we won't delve into the technical details here (you can find them on the official React website), we'd like to highlight our satisfaction with this technology. React.js enables our team to work on diverse functionalities and reuse components without any code conflicts.

One of the challenges we faced with Vue.js was the scarcity of developers proficient in it. Most developers gravitate towards React or Angular as their preferred front-end JavaScript frameworks. This made scaling our team and onboarding new members a time-consuming process.

In practice, React.js has enabled us to deliver projects like dynamic e-commerce platforms that require real-time data updates and interactive user interfaces. For example, implementing a shopping cart that updates instantly as items are added or removed is simplified with React's state management and component lifecycle methods.

Embracing React Native for Mobile App Development

React Native extends the benefits of React.js into the mobile app development space, allowing us to create apps with a native look and feel using a single codebase. This has several distinct advantages:

  1. Cross-Platform Compatibility: React Native enables us to write code once and deploy it on both iOS and Android platforms, saving time and resources.

  2. Native Performance: Unlike other cross-platform frameworks that use web views, React Native compiles to native code, offering fluid animations and responsiveness.

  3. Code Reusability: We can often reuse code from our web applications, making it easier to maintain consistency across platforms and streamline the development process.

  4. Live Reloading and Hot Reloading: These features allow developers to immediately see the result of the latest change, increasing productivity.

  5. Access to Native APIs: React Native provides access to device-specific functionalities like camera, accelerometer, and push notifications, enhancing the user experience.

Tips for Maximizing the Potential of React and React Native

To fully leverage the capabilities of React and React Native, we follow best practices such as:

  • Keeping Components Small and Focused: This makes them easier to test, maintain, and reuse.

  • State Management: Using tools like Redux to manage state across large applications keeps our codebase predictable and debuggable.

  • Performance Optimization: Profiling components and optimizing render cycles help maintain smooth performance.

  • Staying Updated: Regularly updating our knowledge with the latest React features and community best practices keeps our development process efficient and effective.


Lucky Media's commitment to staying at the cutting edge of technology is exemplified by our adoption of React.js and React Native. These technologies empower us to build scalable, high-performance digital solutions that meet the needs of our clients and their users.

This article is part of the "Which technologies do we use and why?" series where we explain the technologies that we use daily.

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Arlind Musliu

Cofounder and CFO of Lucky Media


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