Facebook does not hate the Web -- as in Web development -- but the social network giant does prefer native development when it comes to prominent device platforms, at least for the time being.
"Facebook does not hate the Web. But we're realists. We just can't use the Web right now to build the types of user experiences that we want," Occhino said at the company's F8 developer conference. But he expressed hope that the day would come when Web development would be good enough to use at Facebook.
The open-sourcing of React Native followed another open source move by Facebook. On Wednesday, the ComponentKit framework for building UIs for iOS, was open-sourced. Facebook on Thursday also introduced Fresco, an open source library for Android used on Facebook for managing images and memory. The technology eliminates the need for developers to worry about memory management, a Facebook representative said.