React Native engineering is complicated, and the ecosystem changes quickly. The tools here are purpose-built to give you an exceptional developer experience, throughout the lifecycle of your React Native apps and libraries.
Tools? I Like Tools!
Then you're in the right place! There are lots of tools here to help you.
Have you struggled to find the right combination of React Native dependencies that work well together and are compatible with each other? And that match the React Native release you're using? There's a tool for that! It's all automated, too.
Can't use Metro because it doesn't understand symlinks? Yarn, npm, and pmpm all use symlinks these days. There's a tool for that! A few lines of configuration, and you're ready to go.
Do you use Metro and miss the type-safe bundling and bundle-serving in Haul and Webpack? There's a tool for that!
This just scratches the surface, and more are being built all the time.
Using the Tools
Adding tools to a project or monorepo isn't a linear journey, and it won't be the same for everyone. Each situation is different, and has its own unique challenges and requirements.
You can use the command-line interface, which is a turn-key solution focused on common engineering tasks. You can also pick individual tools, integrating them into your repo wherever they are needed.
The command-line interface brings many of the tools together to perform common tasks, like bundling and dependency management. The CLI helps developers get things done from their terminal, and fits nicely into CI loops and package script blocks.
The CLI is controlled by command-line parameters and package configuration. Command-line parameters always override default values. Package configuration is optional but recommended. Configuration is how a package tells the CLI about itself. For example, a package can describe the options and paths to use during bundling.
With a configuration in place, you only need command-line parameters to override specific behaviors.
// Only bundle windows, and use a test entry point
$ yarn react-native rnx-bundle --platform windows --entry-path ./src/index-test.ts
// Run a bundle server on an unusual port
$ yarn react-native rnx-start --port 23000
// Run the dependency manager, scanning all packages and targeting React Native 0.68
$ yarn react-native rnx-align-deps --requirements email@example.com
Choosing Individual Tools
The tools are designed to be used individually. You can choose specific tools, and use them however and wherever they are needed. Mix and match with other tools and the CLI.
Each tool has its own TypeScript API. There is plenty of documentation, including How-To guides and examples to get you going.
Tools are released on their own schedule, as features are added and fixes are made. Tools have their own test suite to keep quality high. And when you take a new drop, you can review the change history that is generated from each PR.
Many of these tools work with web projects, too! Some examples include the dependency manager and the plugins for Babel and ESLint.