Context is similar to props in react , the only difference is that context lets you pass some data through all nodes in component tree. But at the time of writing this post  this feature is still in development phase and its api may change in next version of react. Let’s explain the concept of context this with following diagram.

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refs to Components

After building your component, you may find yourself wanting to “reach out” and invoke methods on component instances returned from render().  This can be achieve from refs  in react based project. Refs are a great way to send a message to a particular child instance in a way that would be inconvenient to do via streaming Reactive props and state.

refs can be  as string attribute or callback method. Here’s how we can use it in both cases.

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Mapping UIComponent (iOS, Android, React Native)

Most of the application have android and iOS version of it.  Definitely to develop  android and iOS version of application they assign  different developer  for each platform.  During the team communication for the application during the development,  we see the weird situation where iOS developer don’t understand  the technical word used by android developer  and vice versa. For e.g.  iOS developer use terms such as ViewController, TableViewController  which most of the android developer don’t understand what the hell is that. In android they use term such as Activity and Fragment for ViewController and ListView and ListViewLayout for TableViewController.

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React Native

React Native enables you to build world-class application experiences on native platforms using a consistent developer experience based on JavaScript and React. The focus of React Native is on developer efficiency across all the platforms you care about — learn once, write anywhere. Facebook uses React Native in multiple production apps and will continue investing in React Native. 

This is a framework that lets you build native iOS and Android application by using javascript backed by native iOS and Android component.  So react native utilize both the advantages of Native app  and Hybrid app functionality.

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Hello React Native Router Flux.

One of the easiest way to implement flux with react-native is to use react-native-router-flux which provide a very easy way to use flux architect.

This is one of the simplest example for react-native-router-flux. Here we will see how we can navigate from one view to another view. Let’s get started with following step.


Create hello react-native application

In terminal / command window

react-native init HelloFlux

Navigate to HelloFlux directory and install react-native-router-flux npm package

First navigate to the directory that contain package.json inside HelloFlux directory from terminal and run following command. This will install react-native-router-flux node package into the project.

npm install –save react-native-router-flux


Diving into coding

In for android and  index.ios.js for iOS type in the following code.