Working with Flutter

Software developers assist individuals and companies alike by improving the experience users have when interacting with software on digital devices. Creating apps for multiple platforms can be time consuming and cumbersome - which is why Google created Flutter.

Flutter is a high-performance, cross-platform development framework that can be used to create mobile applications from scratch. Flutter’s initial release focuses on mobile app development from a single code base and support for desktop and web applications is coming soon.

Clean, straightforward frameworks are highly desired by software developers, and this development framework offers just that. Google released Flutter, so developers can quickly develop applications without compromising quality by using the same code across platforms (Android/iOS) while also allowing applications to interface directly with native services.

Since its release in May 2017, enterprise-level companies including Google, eBay, BMW, Capital One, HBO and more have chosen Flutter for their applications.

Why Should I Use Flutter?

React Native, Ionic, Xamarin, and Flutter are all frameworks in which developers can choose to create software. So, why should you pick Flutter? Well, there are numerous reasons developers use it.

Simple to Operate

User-friendliness is an aspect developers value greatly when it comes to software programs and frameworks like Flutter. The ability to understand the framework in a fast, productive manner is appreciated because developers, like other professionals, are expected to deliver quality results quickly.

Simplicity of the software keeps those learning how to use Flutter – and even those skilled in the program – from wasting time by offering users quick actions and widgets.

Open Source

Flutter is open source software development kit, which means developers can modify the code to meet the needs of their individual project. Open source capability is a huge plus for those that want or need the freedom to change elements of the software for security measures, customization, and more.

Quick Development Process

Fast development time is appreciated by software engineers and clients alike. No one wants to spend longer than they have to working on a task. Plus, clients want their product to be of quality, while also receiving it as soon as possible, for timely organizational implementation. With Flutter, developers can spend more time refining software features and less time coding because you’re creating an interface and business logic code in a single base.

This code formatting tool enforces a single coding style throughout the development process, too. One code formatting style comes in handy, as it reduces the time it takes to develop software because there is no switching back and forth from numerous styles.

Hot Reload

Developers can quickly see the changes they’ve made to the source code with Flutter’s hot reload feature. Normally in iOS development, when you make a change to your code you need to recompile everything, restart your app from scratch, and navigate back to wherever you were to test whatever you want to test. With Flutter‘s hot reload feature, the code updates automatically within seconds of hitting save. Think of it like setting up a new iPhone versus just changing your wallpaper - it’s way easier!

Dart

Flutter also has an official programming language called Dart. Dart's type safety, as well as the use of ahead-of-time and just-in-time compiling, gives users numerous options for coding

A few reasons developers choose to use Dart are because it’s:

  • Backed by Google
  • Faster than JavaScript
  • Scalable

Frontside of the Adoption Curve

Since 2017, people have been adopting Flutter at a fast rate and benefiting from the framework’s features. More and more people are using this framework to develop mobile applications for companies and their users.

The framework is expanding into desktop and web app development, which makes the software that much more useful and appealing for developers.

Documentation

It’s difficult to learn how to do something without studying up on a topic and getting experience using it. Flutter has adequate documentation for those that try out the mobile app development software for the first time, as well as for those who need a refresher. Additional framework benefits and documentation can be found on Flutter’s website.

Compatible IDEs

Flutter has software development kits available for Android Studio and Visual Studio Code. That means developers can spend less time getting familiar with the integrated development environment and more time developing with it.

Andorid Studio

To build apps for Android devices, developers can download and use Android Studio. This tool is the official integrated development environment for the operating system. Android Studio offers widgets instead of a view; widgets can be thought of “the way you declare and construct UI."

Visual Studio Code

Available for macOS, Linux, and Windows, Visual Studio Code “combines the simplicity of a source code editor with powerful developer tooling, like IntelliSense code completion and debugging.

This Flutter tool is used for “effectively editing, refactoring, running, and reloading Flutter mobile apps.”

Dart DevTools

As with any software, maintenance is required. Flutter’s DevTools make mobile app debugging easier and faster than manually hunting down errors.

Dev Tools is currently in developer preview, but it is actively being developed for public release. The technical preview expected to debut for the public in the coming months.

What's Next For Flutter

Flutter for the web is currently in developer preview. That means a limited amount of developers have “early access to unrelease features in Microsoft Teams.” Flutter for desktop preview is expected next year.

Meanwhile, people around the world are continually developing mobile applications with the up-and-coming framework to suit the needs of consumers, as well as businesses from the startup to corporate level.

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