From Flutter’s birth till Flutter’s growing up, we’ve seen it all! Those first awkward steps on the way to growing popularity.
Our development team has worked with Flutter from the very beginning of its existence. When it was only a beta version till becoming a stable framework.
Of course, there were some bumps on the way to success, such as simple bugs in the framework. But hats off to the Flutter’s development team and support for fixing them so quickly.
We have something to share with you. So, buckle up and enjoy the ride through time!
Check out: Sloboda Studio’s project built with Flutter
What is Flutter?
Flutter is a mobile application development framework of the programming language – Dart. Flutter is compatible with application development not only for Android and IOS but also for Google Fuchsia.
Launched in 2017 by Google, Flutter made a great impression on the world of software development. Even though it is one of the youngest frameworks, Flutter has definitely something to show you.
Why is Flutter so popular?
Many developers go crazy when they hear about Flutter.
‘Flutter! Flutter! Flutter!’ – you can hear them chanting.
Well, it just makes sense, ‘cause who wouldn’t like a framework that is so easy to use and yet it has so much to offer?
# 1: One codebase for multiple platforms
One of the reasons why Flutter is considered to be an outstanding solution for mobile app development is that it doesn’t require you to create two separate applications for IOS and Android. That is the beauty of cross-platform app development, which allows you to build only one codebase to run your app on different platforms.
Say you want to change the response format from the server. With Flutter, you don’t need to worry about making sure to insert the identical changes into two codebases for two platforms separately. You only need to maintain one codebase and the changes will be visible on both platforms!
#2: Fast and easy MVP development
The rapid pace of development makes it an ideal candidate for the development of MVPs and prototypes for getting solid feedback from your target audience.
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#3: No need for third-party integrations
Flutter comes with UI rendering components, a lot of libraries, device API access, navigation, and testing which eliminates the need to use third-party integrations.
#4: Reusable widgets
Flutter makes it possible for developers to reuse widgets which are Flutter’s visual components. You can use the same widget in different parts of the project or you can transfer it from one project to another. There are also a number of already written widgets that can be encapsulated into your project.
#5: Easy to learn
The ease of learning Flutter comes from simple-to-follow documentation and numerous free resources for learning, including articles, videos and podcasts that come from the original team of developers, who keep them up-to-date and by using best practices.
The team of Flutter developers has done everything in their power to make Flutter as easy to learn as possible. For instance, if an error were to occur during an operation, the error message would be very informative and would give you an idea of what happened and how to fix it.
Can Java developers move to Flutter?
When Flutter first appeared on the market, many Java developers were extremely interested in trying out this framework. The reason for this is Dart’s syntax, which is pretty much understandable for them because it supports many object-oriented principles.
#6: Numerous plug-ins
Flutter also has plenty of plugins to work with the native features of the mobile. The advantage here is that the main plugins are developed by the Google team, so all the main plugins are supported and updated along with the main framework.
#7: Only best practices
Flutter is a fairly new framework, which means that it does not use the approaches that are now considered a bad practice, it has borrowed ideas from the most popular technologies at the time and brought them together. This makes the framework very clear and really fast to use.
#8: Fast hot reload
You know that annoying part when you’ve made a few changes in the code and you are waiting to see them in your app?
Well, Flutter won’t make you wait.
With Dart’s Just-in-Time compilation, Flutter upgrades the development work process by permitting a hot reload capability to update the UI during development without requiring an entirely new build.
Hot reload allows you to quickly develop an app that looks great on all the devices and works fast enough. Sounds cool, right?
#9: Used by big companies
You must have heard of Alibaba, Google Ads, AppTree and Tencent?
Yeah, yeah, their mobile apps are built with Flutter.
It may sound quite astonishing that a newly-born framework is used by such giants, but really it is no wonder since Google, the Titan of the digital world stands behind its creation.
#10: Testing made easy
Flutter gives a big set of features to test apps at the unit, widget and integration level. Flutter provides good documentation on testing Flutter apps. Moreover, it has a cool widget testing feature where you can create widget tests to analyze the UI and run them at the speed of unit tests.
However, Flutter has some downsides that might be not visible at first but which would definitely pop up once you start using it.
There is no Sweet without the Sour: Cons of Flutter
Flutter is relatively a new player on the field, which has a few unpleasant consequences:
Lack of libraries:
There are not enough libraries to cater to everyone’s needs so developers would have to create them on their own. This would mean that the development process would be time-consuming if your project requires over-the-top functionality.
Not supported by web:
If you want to have a business that would reach out not only to mobile but also to the desktop users then Flutter might not be the right choice for you – at least, for now
However, Google has launched Flutter’s beta version for the web which is now being tested and improved according to developers’ feedback. So, it might be a smart choice not to throw Flutter as a web framework overboard.
In a Nutshell
The value of Flutter is undeniable. It is especially appreciated by startuppers whose goal is to save time and money and get the most incredible product there is. Flutter can do it all!
Moreover, developers LOVE this framework due to the perks that it has to offer:
- Rapid hot reload
- One codebase for ISO and Android
- Easy learning
- Good documentation
Are you thinking of trying out Flutter now?
If you are still not quite sure if this framework would fit your project, don’t hesitate to contact us for consultation. We’ve been with Flutter since it was yet a baby and would share our experience.