In today’s digital age, with innumerable applications being developed regularly, customers expect a smooth experience with interfaces that cater to their unique needs.
In general, developing mobile applications for any Operating System (OS) is a complex task involving many frameworks for app developers to develop the web or mobile application. In some cases, app developers need to code in two different languages using two different frameworks to develop mobile applications for different Operating Systems. Even after doing that, the end result may vary between the two Operating Systems owing to the different native components.
To overcome this challenge, a mobile framework supporting different Operating Systems (primarily android and iOS) was developed, called Flutter.
Introduced by Google with an effort to usher into a new era for app development, Flutter was developed as a portable UI toolkit that lets you craft elegant mobile and web applications using a single codebase.
Flutter quickly became an industry favorite for app development primarily because of its unique features. In this blog, I will shine light on some of these features that make Flutter a go-to option for developers and encourage you to switch to Flutter today!
Dartis a statically composed language that helps you manage organized code, with which you can develop mind-boggling applications as well as progressive structures. Flutter uses Dart language for app development, letting you make the most of its advanced features efficiently. Dart has a clean and unique linguistic structure. It is easy for you to switch to Dart, especially if you have worked with well-known languages as C#, Java, and TypeScript.
A key highlight of this object-oriented language is that it makes compilation faster with the help of a Just-In-Time (JIT) execution methodology on various Operating Systems.
In today’s day and age, it is imperative for businesses to release their apps on multiple platforms. Owing to this, most of us know that cross-platform application development as an approach has been around for quite some time now. However, as mentioned before, overcoming the challenge of developing apps for different platforms demanded a radical solution, and that’s where Flutter came to the rescue.
Flutter made it easier to code for different Operating Systems simultaneously thanks to its programmer-friendly approach coupled with layered architecture which does its part in enabling you to work with the help of a single codebase across multiple platforms.
Widgets in Flutter are built with the help of a modern framework that is inspired by React. Generally, widgets are used to customize the interface of an application, however, with Flutter, Google decided to take it up a notch. With Flutter, widgets were defined to be “an immutable declaration of part of the user interface”. This essentially meant that as an alternative to separating layouts, views, and other properties, Flutter decided to bring everything under one umbrella term-a unified object-the widget.
Every framework here has two sets of widgets, each for different Operating Systems (Material Design for Android and Cupertino for iOS). What’s great is that the widgets in Flutter can effectively define structural elements, various aspects of the layout, and much more.
A unique feature of Flutter, the Hot Reload lets you see the live application of your codes in the application view window, emulating the way it would look on a mobile device. Additionally, this is done fast enough for you to be able to make changes, test, and debug much more conveniently. With Hot Reload, you can bank on expanding your profitability since it naturally occurs every time you spare.
Essentially, it lets you maintain better coordination with your team, enabling you to design an elegant UI and UX. With the Hot Reload feature, designers have reported a decrease in the improvement time by almost 30-40%. This means that you can work fast and make real-time adjustments to your application that are reflected immediately.
I’m sure you’re aware of the fact that Flutter is an open-source framework, readily available for everyone to use. But what most people don’t know about is its versatile community. Here, you will find a group of like-minded developers who are incredibly encouraging, technically sound, and constantly supportive. There are also some weekly sessions open for anyone to join and be a part of the discussion. The community also answers queries and addresses comments on a live platform. Developers across the globe arrange meetings on virtual platforms and invest in growing their community together.
These, and more such unique features have guaranteed Flutter’s success with professional developers as well as entrepreneurs with innovative ideas who have limited technical knowledge for their execution. With exponentially growing fame and rising market share (justified, of course), Flutter will make for a wonderful alternative to traditional application development tools.
At Nitor, we have added Flutter to our arsenal of app development tools by making early investments in the framework. Our skilled developers have mastered the craft of building elegant applications with a stellar UI using Flutter. Not only have we been able to smoothen the app development process, but we have also delivered excellent end-products, resulting in happy customers.
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