Which way to go: Native or Web development

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Introduction

The debate between Native and Web development has been around for a very long time, yet it is still relevant. For beginners, it's one of the things that need to be consider when transitioning into becoming a Developer.

Today, I will be going over some of the pros and cons for both Native and Web so you can have a brief idea of what's better for what.

Native development

First of all, what's native?

The term native app development refers to building a mobile app exclusively for a single platform. The app is built with programming languages and tools that are specific to a single platform.

So, basically the term native has already exposed some of its pros and cons:

Better performance

Native development offers speed and performance since it is connected to a specific device platform.

Accessibility

You gain more access and control when developing in Native environment, features such as camera, file access, etc.

High pay

Native development usually offer high pay, since it would take a long time to build a native application.

However, there are still some cons:

A lot of experienced people

With Native development, there are lots of people with vast experience and the community is smaller compared to Web development. It is quite likely that you would need to spend a good amount of time to learn and to be experienced before you go and look for a job.

Community support

Since the native community is smaller, the number of bugs report is less. You would often time find it more difficult to debug in native code.

No flexibility

Web development

The pros of Web development are:

Larger market

A lot of new developers start with Web development, as it provides a larger market of jobs and is easier to access and faster to learn

Larger community

Larger community provides more support and less time for you to debug problems.

More packages

There are a lot of pre-made packages and framework that help immensely throughout the development process.

However, the cons also need to be considered:

Ever-expanding

There are also a lot to learn since web development is changing everyday. You would have to consistently update.

Multi directional & hard to predict

Something that is hot and in demand today might go out of fashion in the near future.

First job

Find the first job might be difficult, since junior jobs are not usually on listing.

I hope these pros and cons would help you in deciding which way to go in the near future

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