Flutter Development in India: why it is a good choice
Flutter is touted to be one of the first choices for developing web and desktop applications, aka cross-platform app development.
Now, you might be thinking, “Why should there be another cross-platform development framework when there are already so many around?”
Good question, and don’t be afraid to ask that aloud.
It is quite true that there are cross-platform tools like React Native, Phonegap and Xamarin that developers absolutely love. And they are all equally capable of providing exactly what the developers want in their app development tasks.
But what is it about Flutter that makes it the popular choice among developers? The number of apps being developed with Flutter is steadily increasing by the day. Sounds good, right?
Let’s examine why Flutter is getting all the attention
Flutter, released in 2017, is a mobile app SDK by Google. The platform uses Dart, another programming language developed by Google. But Flutter was around in 2013 too, as a small startup. Google later purchased this framework, and from there is no looking back.
Flutter comes with all the things necessary for hassle-free program development like ready made widgets, command-line tools, integration APIs, testing, rendering engine and so on.
Here are the reasons that makes Flutter perfect as an app development framework:
Flutter is obviously the first choice for many developers. Check out the reasons:
Developers love the framework because it lets them build apps smoothly and quickly. The code is compiled into native ARM code for both Android and iOS, and this quickens the app, and its performance.
Another reason is the the apps are written with native components, making it is easy to deploy and fix bugs. Developers can remove these hiccups and focus on awesome app development.
Development process is a piece of cake
Development is not fast, but very simple, making it one of the most loved frameworks among developers. And bug fixing is a breeze too as developers need only a second to fix bugs, add features.
Hot Reload feature
Developers love frameworks with the Hot Reload feature. Whatever change they make to the code will be instanced reflected in the application they build. You don’t need the application fresh from the beginning after each bug fixing, feature adding or building user interfaces.
Through Hot Reload, the host machine check the edited codes (what changes have been made since last compilation), and to do the Hot Reload function, and recompile the following libraries. You can type r on the keyboard, and R for Hot-Restart.
The Hot Reload feature allows for the developer-designer bonding because both can see the instant results, though some changes may require a full restart.
Of course, there are certain times when the Hot Reload function doesn’t work properly after modified code.
Strong and steady, always
Flutter is always the stable and trusty framework because it doesn’t get affected by updates in operating systems. There will be no change in the interface after iOS or Android system updates. Flutter also remains loyal to API and development approaches. There is no problem if the codes are old, they can still be used to create new applications.
One of the primary advantages of Flutter is its Open Source nature. Developers love the nature of the Flutter since it allows them to learn and grow because there are always developers contributing to the platform. There is early access to documentation, and issues are easily resolved. Developers are never left in the lurch because there will always be solutions around.
BLoC helps make the apps highly performant
Launched by Google, BLoC or Business Logic Component architecture is designed exclusively for Flutter, and has everything a developer needs – Simplicity, Power and Testability. Both beginning developers and veterans love using this particular architecture of Flutter’s.
With this architecture, developers can craft complex applications from independently working smaller applications.
Dart – the reliable programming language
There is no Flutter without Dart, and both complement each other. Dart has a rich standard library, garbage collection, generics, strong typing, etc. The stability and ease of learning makes Dart a favourite choice among developers. When Flutter uses Dart, it avoids the need for separate declarative layout languages like XML and JSX. The fact that Dart is a pretty easy language to learn, makes it another advantage.
Native App-like performance
Since Dart is the language of Flutter, you can easily get native app-like performance and it can easily compile into native code. With this advantage, you can have a highly performant application that can be executed on any platform.
Additionally, Flutter apps are written using native components, making updates easier, fixing bugs, and deploying quickly. Overall, developers can launch a fast product easily. Other frameworks on the other hand, require recompiling.
A myriad of widgets
Flutter has plenty of widgets, making it easy for developers to design basic user interfaces quickly. All they need to do is create the UI element once, and it will automatically adapt to different screens, platforms and resolutions. To explore with more functions, you can wrap one budget inside another.
Perfect for MVPs
Flutter is the first choice for many developers looking to create MVP or Minimum Viable Product. This is because of Flutter’s compatibility across multiple platforms and a high-level user experience. There are many benefits to using this framework for Flutter, including bringing in investors to fund your project.
One of the biggest hurdles of app testing would be the compatibility of the app across various platforms. Since Flutter apps use just a single codebase, it will be the same across all the platforms. So testing in one platform is equal to testing in different platforms, thereby making Flutter a huge money and time saver.
Developers love the framework because of its single codebase. This means that the developer doesn’t have to create different applications for different platforms. A single version of the platform runs on both Android and Apple devices. Developers enjoy this feature because they don’t have to write different codes for different platforms, thereby reducing the total amount of time and money for launching an app.
Why should I choose Flutter for my apps?
We believe that Flutter’s advantages far outweigh any cons it might have. Flutter is a great choice if you want to build high-performing, beautiful and outstanding mobile apps that cater to customer requirements. There has been a huge increase in the number of developers switching to Flutter over other cross-platform mobile frameworks. If you look up Google Trends, you would be able to see it for yourself that Flutter is more popular than React Native.
So, get ready to develop great web and mobile applications with Flutter.
The author: Sascha Thattil works at Software-Developer-India.com which is a part of the YUHIRO Group. YUHIRO is a German-Indian enterprise which provides programmers to IT companies, agencies and IT departments.