React started life within Facebook, originally deployed in service of the social network’s newsfeed. A few years later, it went open-source. At F8, this year’s edition of Facebook’s annual developer conference, Facebook executives announced that a VR library was coming to the framework, in anticipation of a companywide push into VR hardware and apps. In addition, a React rewrite (dubbed “React Fiber”) would bring more speed and reliability to the framework.
“When we develop React, we’re always looking to see how we can help developers build high-quality apps quicker,” Facebook engineer Ben Alpert told TechCrunch when React Fiber was announced. “We want to make it easier to make apps that perform very well and make them responsive.”
Based on the data from Hacker News, the framework has obviously expanded far beyond Facebook; but how long will its popularity last?