GraphQL has become a new alternative for developing APIs other than the common REST approach. Being more lightweight by selectively requesting fields (querying) instead of transmitting unnecessary data just makes sense. With these and other benefits there also are disadvantages like the knowledge it requires to maintain, develop or offer such an API (not every customer wants GraphQL).

You can find the source code on Github and the Svelte PokeDex UI here.

What you could do is to add GraphQL to your existing REST API, basically as a thin layer on top of it. This gives you the benefit of…

Contexts are common in most programming languages or frameworks. They are mostly used to contain and share specific information or functionality across different parts of an application. Sometimes they are used to inject behavior depending on the use case, like testing or production. I explain how I have used React Context to share configuration data across a React Native app with TypeScript support.

In Android app development, the context is used to access application environment specific information. Things like starting new activities (app instances), services/broadcasts (like alarm clocks) or theme data is handled by that.

In Flutter, the purpose of…

Many mobile apps have a unique flow of experience that the user has to go through. A tutorial or onboarding screen can help with explaining the steps that the user has to do in the app. I show roughly how I created such a screen in Flutter. The source code can be found on Github.

The Important Widgets

Widgets that I have used in this example are the following:

  • SafeArea
  • Column, Row, Container, AnimatedContainer
  • Text, FlatButton
  • SvgPicture from ‘flutter_svg’
  • Expanded, Padding
  • PageView

Important to highlight here are the first and last one. The SafeArea helps you using only the area of the…

Animations can make already good apps look and feel even better. It can improve the user experience by making actions feel more natural or living. One use case of animations are modals or pop ups, that dynamically display content on the screen. I will describe how you can create a modal in React Native, that opens and closes from/to the bottom.

In addition, the modal will have a vector-based star rating box, in order to make the user rate an item (in this case books). Also, the backdrop of the modal blurs the content behind it. This should make…

When creating a scroll view for a mobile app, a common principle could be to have an image on the very top of the list. This could be to showcase the content of the page. Examples for this could be found in the Spotify app, where an album cover is shown first, followed by a list of its songs.

Scrolling up a list of items with an image on top, it can be a nice feature to zoom in the picture naturally. I describe how this can be easily done in React Native. In one of my current React Native…

A card carousel allows you to display data in a horizontal swipe view, in the form of cards. Each card has a specific snap position that the user may scroll to, instead of having a free scrolling. This should give a better experience in case the user has to choose between different categories for example. I will show how you can achieve create such a carousel view, with core React Native components.

To keep the example simple, we will fill the carousel view with cards (simple Views), that each represent a different color and a random word (lorem ipsum)…

I’m listing and reviewing the books I’ve read in 2020 with the most important learnings for me personally.

The Snowball (Warren Buffet)

There are many libraries that provide a way to create a settings screen or list for your React Native app. I show a simple way to achieve this with basic or no dependencies.

You can find the source code here. In essence, we use the React Native SectionList for a structured or sectioned partition of the list. Alternatively, you could use a FlatList or even ScrollView if you have a small amount of items to put in your list. For imaging, you would use react-native-svg or alternatively the React Native Image. …

A transition is a change of one view state into another. The react-native-reanimated library provides a simply way to perform transitions. In combination with react-native-svg, you could create a simple icon effect, like filling a heart icon.

The source code in action can be found here.

You could achieve the same effect using basic animations, but transitions can make it more easy by triggering multiple animations at the same time or in sequence.

A click on the icon toggles the view state, as well as transition change. The transition itself consists of a combination of scaling and easing.

Originally published at on December 11, 2020.

The TikTok app has a pretty interesting loading animation. It has two horizontally aligned circles that seem to rotate its positions, seemingly in a circle. I wanted to create a similar behavior in React Native. The source code can be found here.

Initially, the spinner consists of two colored circles.

Marius Reimer

React Native Mobile Developer

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