What is Flutter?

Flutter is an open-source mobile application development framework created by Google and it is FREE. It supports cross-platform development and artificial intelligence.

Relation of Flutter & Google

  • Flutter is Google’s portable UI toolkit used by Google, developers and organizations across the globe to produce beautiful natively-compiled applications for mobile, web and desktop from a single codebase.
  • Flutter can deliver apps on iOS and Android.
  • Flutter creates applications for Google Fuchsia as well.
  • Initial release date: May 2017
  • Stable Release: May 7,2019
  • Preview release: May 15,2019

Benefits of Flutter

  • Fast Development:
    • Make your app in milliseconds with Stateful Hot Reload, which also fix bugs faster.
    • A set of fully-customizable widgets include platform differences such as scrolling, navigation, icons and fonts  to build native interfaces in minutes on both iOS and Android.
  • Indicative & Flexible UI:
    • Focus is on native end-user experiences.
    • It is layered architecture of flutter which permits full customization resulting in flexible designs and smoother animations
  • Beautiful UIs:
    • Captivate your users with Flutter’s built-in Material Design and Cupertino (iOS-flavor) widgets , rich motion APIs and platform awareness.
    • Flutter enabled IDE/Editor: Complete control over pictures on the screen, analyzes code and finds possible mistakes.

Examples of Flutter-built apps:

  • Alibaba  used flutter made it easy for iOS and Android on their Xianyu app, which has 50M+ downloads.
  • Google Ads use flutter to help run your ad campaigns effortlessly.
  • AppTree provides an enterprise app platform for brands like McDonalds, Stanford, Wayfair & Fermilab.
  • Hamilton Musical

Features of Flutter:

  • The Flutter Outline shows a live view of the structure of a file in your flutter project. You can rapidly drive through the code and perform refactors on your widgets with the buttons at the top.
  • Flutter apps have a considerably larger size than its native counterparts.

Language of Flutter: Dart is the main language.

Components of Flutter:

  • Dart platform: Language that has more advanced features like just-in-time execution engine, ahead-of-time (AOT) compilation on iOS. Also due to “hot reload” one can inject changes to source files during the running of application.
  • Flutter engine: platform-specific SDKs.
  • Foundation library: APIs communicate with the engine
  • Design-specific widgets: UI design involves assembling and/or creating various widgets

Employment scope: More and more jobs for flutter development are being posted each day as more and more agencies and startups are also looking into it.

React Native and Flutter: Flutter is much better alternative to React Native because it is actually native. It doesn’t require a JavaScript bridge to talk to OEM widgets.

What’s New in Flutter in 2019?

  • 1.0 Stable Release
  • Integrating support for Android and iOS app which is already existing.
  • Visual Studio Code and Android Studio
  • Web-based tooling debugging & inspecting.
  • Flutter can create Pixel Perfect iOS app.
  • Google maps, In-App Purchases, and Web views
  • Dart is optimized for client development

I would recommend Flutter to build hybrid applications.

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