Flutter – What is it?

To put it simply, Flutter is cross-platform technology developed by Google. Cross-platform meaning that when using Flutter, we need to write only one codebase which will cover all the business logic for building applications for mobile, web, desktop, and embedded devices.

Flutter – Software development kit & framework

Flutter has two main components, the first one defines it as a software development kit. This essentially means that Flutter provides all the necessary tools for the development of apps. The other component describes Flutter as a framework for building user interfaces or commonly known as UI. Their library offers a vast array of custom elements like buttons, banners, and many others.

Dart is Flutter’s main programming language, it has support for inheritance, interfaces, and optional typing features. This makes it very stable and easily used to build quality applications.

This sounds good, but why do we use it?

1. Efficient development process

Usually, mobile apps, especially native apps are limited to running on the specific platforms that they are built for. This means that if we want to make an app that runs both on Android and iPhone we need two teams for two different platforms. Flutter eliminates this problem because we can build a single codebase and simultaneously target both the iOS and Android operating systems. This simplifies organizing the workload and essentially shortens the development time in half.

2. High performance

From our experience, apps developed in Flutter are performing at a level comparable, if not better to native apps. This is because native apps normally use a bridge for communication between the app and the platform. In Flutter, this bridge is nonexistent so any rendering happens in the app itself. The outcome is a faster-starting app with fast animations and fewer performance problems.

3. Faster Time-to-Market

Typically, when our developers need to make changes to an app they need to write the code and then wait for it to be loaded on the device. However, Flutter’s hot reload feature allows us to instantly see the alterations we make in the source code. This especially comes in handy when experimenting with the app’s features when we want to see changes as fast as possible. So, our development team can efficiently cooperate with the design team which leads to faster development time and ultimately to faster time-to-market.

Flutter advantages – efficient development process, high performance, faster time-to-market

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