In Google I/O of 2017, Google introduced a new open-source, cross-platform library for creating mobile applications. And in the past three years, Flutter has grown to add a lot of depth into that statement. With applications ready to run on operating systems like iOS, Windows, Linux, Google Fuchsia, and Android, let’s dive deeper to understand what makes Flutter so unique.
Flutter is an open-source UI software development kit created by Google. It is used to develop cross platform applications for Android, iOS, Linux, etc. from a single codebase.
The expressive Flutter SDK from Google allows developers to build applications for web, Android, and iOS from a single codebase. That means you no longer need more developers to scale your application to a different OS or any other platform.
Flutter is developed using the Dart programming language. It stands in parallel with any other OOP language that we have around. Frankly, it resembles Java to a great extent. And unlike Android, which has separate files for frontend and backend, Flutter uses a reactive framework to get both the jobs done with only Dart.
With Flutter, you go beyond the “write once and reuse” approach. With this high-performance engine, Flutter provides the “native” experience to the developers while overcoming all the general challenges that are parts and parcels of cross-platform technologies.
Flutter’s “hot restart” ensures that developers see the changes made to the state of the application within fractions of seconds. You no longer need to keep running Gradle build to look at the variations. This has reduced the development time to a great degree.
The team behind Flutter has been careful in implementing its material design specifications. Thanks to their effort, developing UI experiences has become a breeze.
While many programmers prefer using Android Studio for integrating Flutter, this SDK is compatible with a number of other IDEs like VS Code and IntelliJ. You no longer have to switch between heavy, memory-consuming development environments to move forward with your project.
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All in all, a popular SDK backed by Google, with a reactive framework, a language that binds frontend and backend together, with extensive support for all — Android, iOS, and web applications, Flutter easily has the upper hand.