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Installing and Using Third Party React Native Libraries

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React Native has a small core library, and relies heavily on third party libraries to fill in major aspects of functionality.

There are thousand of open source libraries to choose from, so we investigate how to look for libraries, and a few ways to judge the quality of the library before you use it.

Libraries are installed via npm or yarn, and may include native code (Java, Objective-C, or Swift) that has to be linked.

Summary of Content:

  • Why use third party libraries, and how to find and evaluate them
  • Install React Navigation via npm
  • Install Native Base and use rnpm link to link the native code
  • How to restart the packager and reload the app

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