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The Best React Native Developers - 5 Hard and Soft Skills They Should Certainly Have

It’s time-saving, cost-efficient and comes with a set of ready-to-use components created just to make your work easier. Sound good? The JavaScript-based React Native framework allows you to develop an application once, and run it on both the iOS and Android mobile platforms.

Originally invented by Facebook, it’s now a trending technology among other companies too, with Airbnb, Tesla and Walmart at the helm. No wonder it’s become so popular in the dev community - you can now select and hire specialists to develop your project as well. But… are you able to sort the wheat from the chaff, and find the programmers who can deliver the quality you expect? Do you know what skills and traits the best React Native developers should have, and what to put in the job description?

If your answer is no, don’t worry. Here’s a short crib sheet.

Firstly, let’s focus on hard skills.

Hard skills will certainly let you tell the difference between a real RN expert and one that is just pretending to be a pro. Hence, let’s see what they should know and why.

1. A solid knowledge of JavaScript

Knowing JavaScript inside-out is crucial to building components, creating the entire application logic and services, as well as understanding their flow.

2. A command of native iOS and Android development

Swift, Objective-C, Java… A good React developer should have the basics covered in order to make your app work, since it’s sometimes necessary to use tools from the native side, too.

3. A comprehension of basic React assumptions

Being able to operate effortlessly within concepts such as JSX, Virtual DOM or component lifecycle is indispensable, so be sure to check and see whether your candidates agree with this. If not… well, just let them go. 

4. A profound knowledge of handy tools and technologies…

...or at least the will to learn the ones they’re not yet familiar with. Here’s a list of the most essential ones:
  • Sentry error tracking - for real-time monitoring and fixing crashes.

  • Bitrise - for better workflows and increased automation.

  • Hockeyapp - for real-time crash reporting, collecting user feedback, managing testers, beta distribution, and so on.

  • Redux - for managing the application state (it’s an open-source JavaScript library).

  • ESLint - for checking whether the code is written in compliance with JavaScript patterns.

  • Jest - a zero-configuration, ready-to-use tool for testing JS code.

  • Enzyme - an entire set of tools designed to facilitate the testing of React apps.

5. The ability to keep code elegant and clear

Yes, it’s not only in the fashion industry where you have to be stylish. When developers have ambitions to be the best, they need to follow the rules included in the available style guides, like the Airbnb JS Style Guide or the Google JS Style Guide. And why is this so important? Because writing readable, consistent source code makes it a lot easier to develop and maintain the app - both in the present and the future. 

Secondly, don’t forget about all-encompassing soft skills.

While the devs’ hard skills lay the foundation for getting your project off the ground, it’s their soft skills that will steer it in the right direction, and help it successfully develop down the road. The combination of these two skill sets distinguishes an excellent specialist from an entire army of average ones. But of course this pertains not only to RN developers - it’s more of a universal truth.

So, let’s see what traits they should possess in order to be worth hiring.

1. Great communication skills

Building an app is teamwork, so good developers should be able to communicate effectively with one another in order to avoid costly and frustrating misunderstandings and keep moving forward at the proper pace.

2. Open-mindedness

Great devs are also open to ideas and solutions proposed by others. They cannot be blinded by their own egos.

3. Lust for knowledge  

They should be willing to learn new technologies as they grow, too.

4. Problem-solving approach

Making mistakes is inevitable, and the way a developer handles problems has a big impact not only on the project, but on the rest of the team as well.

5. Giving constructive feedback

Every suggestion and piece of criticism should be backed by matter-of-fact arguments. There’s no room for emotions, or personal differences.

When in doubt, bet on experience

As you can see, hiring a capable team of RN developers is not an easy task. Especially for anyone who has even the vaguest idea about development from the technical side.

But you can always make a safe bet, and hire an existing team of devs instead of building one from scratch. A team with experienced members who can efficiently cooperate with each other, as well as with clients. And which already has a number of successfully deployed apps in their professional portfolio.

So, what idea did you have in mind? Whatever it is, you’ve come to the right place - we’ll be glad to help.

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