When comparing React Native vs MonoDevelop, the Slant community recommends MonoDevelop for most people. In the question“What are the best ways to make a cross-platform application?” MonoDevelop is ranked 8th while React Native is ranked 10th.
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Pro Allows you to develop native apps
Pro Backed by Facebook
Facebook writes their mobile apps in React Native so the code base gets pretty thoroughly used in some highly demanding scenarios.
Pro More predictable control of the state
The one way data flow, makes it more predictable and easy to control.
Pro Starting up this program doesn't take as long as starting Visual Studio windows 98
MonoDevelop is free to download and use.
Con Steep learning curve
Con If core team doesn't use a certain feature, it's not developed
Whenever there's functionality you need that they don't use in their apps, it's not going to get developed by them, even if it's obvious it should be in the core. They always say to either submit a PR or create a separate module.
Con No longer supported (deprecated since 2018)
Con Bad formatting
MonoDevelop doesn't offer much in terms of autocompletion and code formatting. Most of the time the automatic formatting that MonoDevelop does is annoying and not really compliant with C# guidelines.
Con The MonoDevelop version that ships with Unity is several versions behind
The version of MonoDevelop that ships with Unity is several versions behind the main MonoDevelop branch. It also gets updated very rarely so any annoying bugs that it may have take a lot of time to get fixed.