What is Flutter?
Flutter is an open source framework by Google for building beautiful, natively compiled, multi-platform applications from a single codebase that can run on Android and iOS platforms.
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The single code which is used has very intense impact on mobile application development.The cross-platform app development feature saves a lot of time and resources for a business. This even reduces the errors and bugs in build.
Companies having different teams for iOS and Android app development face lot of issues in managing app versions. These differences can occur due to the different build methods and also can be due to the different app publication guidelines.
Different application distribution platforms like Apple's App Store and Google's Play Store have different publishing rules and regulations. These factors impact new updates which make it difficult for users for better experience.
Advantages and Benefits of Flutter
Flutter, in a way, has revolutionized the mobile development market. While the main competitor solution — React Native — is bureaucratic and complex, Flutter offers a simpler premise, which brings great benefits for devs.
So, let’s dive into the main features and advantages of the Flutter framework:
1. Simplified and nimble development
The main feature of Flutter is the smoothness it provides to its developers. By providing a widget tree system for development, it’s much easier to create interactive elements when building the application.
Widgets can be easy to visualise and quick to code. They can have multiple properties defining the widget.
Thus, the end product or application can be more nimble as expected and with high quality in Android and iOS versions.
To add cheery to the list of advantages, Hot Reload provides instant feedback to the developer as the changes are shown immediately. Thus increases productivity as time is saved in compilation.
2. Single code for multiple platforms
Flutter bets on the Dart language as the only source for creating its programs. Thus, it simplifies the work of developers to great extent, who only need to know Dart to perform the tasks.
Dart language was introduced by Google in 2011 its code characteristics is very similar to C# and Java. So for programmers having some experience in the above languages, adopting Dart will be easy. In fact Dart is so simple that even without any previous programming background, it can be learnt easily.
Dartpad is the official open source tool that lets you play with the Dart language in any modern browser.
3. Simplified initial setup
Flutter installation setup is very simple for different operating systems. To start developing, simply download the Flutter SDK available for all operating systems. With your preferred development IDE, developers can start their projects from scratch.
No perplexing dependencies or configurations to see the first codes working.This simple yet important feature gives speed and confidence to developers, so they can initiate their work faster.
4. Application execution speed
A big problem with other tools that build versions of an app for different operating systems is execution performance. Despite being very competent in the task, the result of the app made in these tools was below expectations.
However, the Flutter framework did away with this problem. As it uses its own components, the load and execution time of the applications — practically — is not a problem for the user. In other words, Flutter allows for an almost native quality of your published apps.
5. Aesthetic and functional compatibility
Now let's know why and where flutter comes into limelight.
The SDK contains some inbuilt native widgets, which allow for functional as well as aesthetic compatibility making it easy and valuable for developers.
When an app is created using flutter, the version of that app is distributed to any mobile device or web app, be it iOS or Android, irrespective of the operating system's version.
Still, aesthetic fidelity is maintained between all the systems mentioned.
Native apps don't have this feature. They differ in elements of the app like the menu and buttons or the navigation bar or the cards being displayed varry according to the version and OS.
6. Google Support
Finally, to sum up with the advantages and features, Google fully supports it and has been active in its development.
With reference to the above statement, there is a very active and vibrant community of programmers and developers around the globe present for support . They also have series of solutions for the best utilisation of Flutter.
Even the Flutter documentation is easy to follow and can be used by programming veterans and newbies.
So, on the basis of the functionalities that Flutter provides us , we can conclude that it is one of the best tool for organisations to use for having more cost-effective and valuable applications.
As it is clear from Google's plan for mobile application development, creating a community and bringing new solutions is very natural.
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