Building applications with React Native requires a high-level understanding of mobile development on Android and iOS devices in addition to React and React Native fundamentals. This glossary of terms will serve as a helpful reference when working across these environments.
Android App Bundles (AABs) are a new format for publishing applications on Android. AABs can contain multiple APKs. Since August 2021, Google Play requires AABs for new apps.
Android Package Kits (APKs) are an older format for publishing applications on Android.
build.gradle file contains all of the information for Gradle to compile
Android apps, including dependency resolutions and tasks to process the source.
Gradle is an automated build tool that is used to compile Android apps from
source code. It is configured in
build.gradle files and run through a wrapper:
The information property list or
Info.plist is an XML file that contains all
of the configuration data for your application. You can update these values
directly or through the Xcode UI.
devices. It was included in Android builds to run JS code by React Native
versions prior to
0.60. It has since been replaced with Hermes.
Software Development Kits (SDKs) are bundles of code to add to your application. Third parties will often have an SDK to integrate with their service.