What Makes Google’s Flutter Standout Among Cross-Platform Frameworks

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Flutter A Google Open Source Mobile Application Development SDK

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The developer community is all abuzz with the announcement of Release Preview 1 of Flutter – Google’s free open source mobile application development SDK for crafting high-quality native interfaces on iOS and Android. It’s a relatively new, supposedly simple cross-platform framework designed, aims to address both the Android and iOS platforms.

From all the other cross-platform frameworks why Flutter is gaining popularity and why developers should take a serious look at Flutter. Here is the answer for what’s all the buzz about Flutter.

Google’s Dart

Dart is Google’s own programming language. Somewhat Dart is Google’s replacement for JavaScript with a lot of Object-Oriented features that is typically essential for serious development. Dart’s internal adoption at Google has been extensive with AdSense, AdWords, and Google Fibre teams in order to write their customer-facing web apps. Dart is easy to learn, good for those who are good at C, can do heavy-lifting in programming. But not many developers know Dart. So, setting up a team might be a challenge.

Hot Reload

Flutter is crazy fast. Unlike other cross-platform frameworks, there is no need of separate XML layout or xib files. The changes you made in the code are instantly hot reloaded. That means you don’t even have to click and reach the screen instead you can view the changes that you’ve made instantly. Thereby you can preserve your application state. This hot feature multiplies productivity, also cut down the cost and development time.

Unified App Development

Typically, a large cost is associated with coding and ongoing support of Native App development. The entire process will be tedious, time-consuming, and expensive. But with Flutter, you can build mobile apps from a single codebase.

Flutter does its own rendering using Skia. This enables developers to write the UI and navigation just once and share it across iOS and Android. Moreover, between Flutter and web, 60% of the code is reused. Flutter offers a genuine opportunity to write once and deploy everywhere.

About Widget

Widgets are critical to an app’s view and interface. And it should look good and natural irrespective of the screen size. It must perform fast, should be extensible and also customizable. Flutter makes it all possible by providing its own widgets. For the time being there’s no templating dialect, so you can construct your UI by setting widgets. It reduces the amount of coding, saves time, and looks better.

Flutter’s “everything is a widget” approach makes it easy for us to compose custom UIs from a rich set of building blocks provided by the framework. Instead of porting, the UI developers are able to spend time in creating attractive designs as Flutter runs on both iOS and Android. In short programming with widgets is again a productivity booster for your development cycle.

Other Plus

As compared, designing with Flutter is an altogether refreshing experience to what the developer has gone through so far. In addition to the advantages listed above, there are a few more. For instance, it is run from the command line. So, you can use it with any IDE and project setup is simplified. Additionally, there are plugins for IntelliJ, Android Studio, and VS Code. Most importantly, Flutter is from Google. Having a big name and its following backing it up is a huge advantage in terms of further development and support.

Exceptions

The mass adoption of the Dart language really adds value to the native applications for Android and iOS. Unlike the Ionic platform and React Native, Flutter is for mobile apps only. Hence there is no support for running in a web browser. This could be a big decision-maker if you’re looking for more device-specific flexibility. Finally, Flutter is in Release Preview 1, and just recently moved from Beta to Release Preview 1.

Wrap Up

Flutter is altogether different and a promising step in mobile app development. And it is quite easy to develop high-performing mobile applications with Flutter. Anyway, Flutter is new, so there are known limitations/issues, and of course, unknown ones that may come along.

A lot differentiates Flutter from other cross-platform frameworks and it is an incredible alternative. Moving ahead, with Flutter adds value to your mobile application development. A greater change is awaited.

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