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So, to be clear, a month ago there was an announcement about an app called Sketch (renamed to Snack now apparently) that was a playground for React code, but people said it was a bad name choice because Sketch is already a ui/ux dev/design tool in this space.

But this tool is related to that ui/ux version of Sketch (but with/for React), and not the mis-named Sketch (that was for React)?

Naming is fun.

Yup. We were aware of the Expo issue, and thought about renaming it, but looking at the landscape of React renderers —

- react-dom

- react-native

- react-vr

- react-hardware

- react-blessed

- react-three

- react-aframe


it felt like the right thing to do was a descriptive "this is what it is" name rather than a "marketing name" that would be more confusing.

For anyone missing context, naming is hard.


its not hard, just don't name a new design app after an already existing one.

So, to be clear

Yeah, about that.

Are you saying that the "React Sketch.app" in the title is/should/will be "React Snack.app?"


i'm hopelessly lost

Snack - Description: Web-based react-native playground. Snack was previously called Sketch which led to much confusion. - Built by: Expo

Sketch.app - Description: Most popular native mac app for designing UIs - Built by: Bohemian Coding

react-sketchapp - Description: Convert a UI written in react-primitives to sketch. react-primitives is a subset of react-native. - Built by: Airbnb

I want to say Snack has nothing to do with react-sketchapp, but unfortunately they do share a couple of things. The developer/user of both tools will write code that is largely compatible with each other, basically a shared subset of react-native. Then, there's the whole confusion with the name Sketch. Snack used to be called Sketch. react-sketchapp uses "Sketch.app" as a rendering engine and editing interface. "Sketch.app" is basically the next program in the workflow for the user of react-sketchapp.

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