DOI: 10.1049/2023/6613434 ISSN: 1751-8814

An Observational Study on React Native (RN) Questions on Stack Overflow (SO)

Luluh Albesher, Razan Aldossari, Reem Alfayez
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

Mobile applications are continuously increasing in prevalence. One of the main challenges in mobile application development is creating cross-platform applications. To facilitate developing cross-platform applications, the software engineering community created several solutions, one of which is React Native (RN), which is a popular cross-platform framework. The software engineering literature demonstrated the effectiveness of Stack Overflow (SO) in providing real-world perspectives on a variety of technical subjects. Therefore, this study aims to gain a better understanding of the stance of RN on SO. We identified and analyzed 131,620 SO RN-related questions. Moreover, we observed how the interest toward RN on SO evolves over time. Additionally, we utilized Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) to identify RN-related topics that are discussed within the questions. Afterward, we utilized a number of proxy measures to estimate the popularity and difficulty of these topics. The results revealed that interest toward RN on SO was generally increasing. Moreover, RN-related questions revolve around six topics, with the topics of layout and navigation being the most popular and the topic of iOS issues being the most difficult. Software engineering researchers, practitioners, educators, and RN contributors may find the results of this study beneficial in guiding their future RN efforts.