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Application (App) developers and web designers are constantly looking for new ways to develop their Apps faster. This saves time in making the final product available in the market for sale. An already existing community using React Native (created by Facebook to develop Apps), had to take a hit by another community using Google’s Flutter in May 2017 (Official Launch date – December 2018). Flutter is a portable UI tool for developing natively assembled Apps for all three major platforms (Mobile, Web, and Desktop).
Flutter is an open-source Software Development Kit (SDK), designed for users to develop high-performance Apps for Android and iOS. It has only one codebase, so it looks and works similarly on both iOS and Android. You may view the Technical Overview for a better understanding.
Google carefully created the Flutter framework to improve the business in this fast-paced environment. Flutter is pretty new in the market and is starting to get very popular among App developers. Let us look into the top ten reasons to use Flutter to develop our next App.
As we all have gathered some information on Flutter now, visit some of the websites to view Apps built using Flutter. You may visit Flutter App Library to view some top-class Apps. Go to AppBrain – Apps by Flutter to know more about the different Apps designed using Flutter. There are tutorials on Flutter available on how to get started with Flutter and why to use it for designing Apps. You may also choose to watch some Video Tutorials on Flutter.
Do you want to build your own App with Flutter? Visit Get Started Codelab to join the community.
⦁ Single Codebase: A codebase is a repository for all the source code that shares the same root. Flutter uses only one codebase and targets two platforms iOS and Android. This way you can avoid integration of multiple tools, the Software is easy to maintain, debugging issues are resolved easily and the App is secured.
⦁ Dart as Programming Language: Designed by google to build Apps on different platforms. It’s a fast object-oriented, simple programming language that uses C-style syntax. It’s easier to work in Dart as the support community is huge.
⦁ Create Custom Widgets: Using widget composition (link something) you can create your own widget (a simple application extension). Everything within a flutter App, from texts, screen layout, buttons, etc is a widget. They are tiny chunks of User Interface (UI) that can be combined to make a complete App. You can compose a new Widget within Flutter, by using a few small widgets (it’s like building blocks). Refer to ⦁ Technical Overview to know more about the Flutter community.
⦁ Native Themes for iOS and Android: Apps have a standout experience with the theme widget. Apps range of colors, font, and text styles can be easily defined. Flutter creates a default theme for you if no theme is provided. As it has different themes for iOS and Android, multiple themes can be approached easily.
⦁ Stateful Hot Reload: It means fast coding. After the Virtual Machine (VM) codes are updated with newer versions, Flutter reflects the updated widget on the running App screen automatically. You will see a real-time update on the App screen. This helps you to seamlessly Build UIs, Fix Bugs, Add a new feature, etc.
⦁ Innumerable Packages and Extensive Community: Packages allow you to design the App faster because you don’t have to develop everything from scratch. Flutter is supported by many packages. Dart organizes a set of functionality through these packages. The community is large and supports the shared package system. It’s always involved in continuous and extensive support.
⦁ Powerful Design Experience: Powerful UIs can be created due to the implementation of the Material design specification. For iOS, there is a widget that can implement Human Interface Design. Composing is smooth as you can get the native feel on the App.
⦁ Support for a variety of Integrated Development Environment (IDE): When you are coding with Flutter, it provides you with a number of IDEs to choose from. Developers here use Visual Code which is lightweight and hence faster.
⦁ Easier Animation: It’s easier to animate using 2Dimentional Flare. The animation library in Flutter helps you to create remarkable UI. The UI designer and developer work simultaneously, reducing the time required to display any changes related to UI or animation.
⦁ Creates Apps for mobile, desktop, and the web: You can seamlessly create Apps in all three major platforms and animate your Apps in real-time. See the changes implemented, while the App is running.
Google Flutter has the power to change the way Apps can be designed. It has simplified a developer’s job by creating a framework that is very easy to use. Overall a great feel due to the implementation of rich widgets. It’s a very good opportunity for both businesses and developers across the globe to use Apps as their backbone to market, advertise and sell.
The Flutter community is growing rapidly and gaining popularity globally. The widespread support and documentation make it easy to start developing with Flutter. It has the potential for one codebase across multiple platforms. Looks very promising!