If you’ve worked with technology for a couple of years, you’ve probably come across many buzzwords like ‘Firebase‘, ‘Redux‘, ‘React‘ etc, So before you cast the “Flutter” buzzword aside, I would like to show you what it is and what can be accomplished with it.
In fact, at this time when I am writing this blog post, Flutter has officially announced that now Flutter will also support Web and Desktop Application Development too, so my title should be “Development made easy by Flutter”. Before getting any new updates from the Flutter team lets get down to work now.
What is Flutter?
Flutter is an open source Software Development Kit – SDK developed by Google. It helps you build fast, beautiful and cross-platform mobile, web as well as desktop applications. It uses a new language called Dart.
Flutter born out of curiosity it started as an experiment performed by members of the Chrome browser team at Google. The team wanted to see if a faster renderer could be built by ignoring the traditional model of the layout used on current web engines. The first version of Flutter was known as “Sky”. It ran on the Android operating system, with the stated intention of being able to render consistently at 120 fps.
Now with new developments and update the Current version of Flutter i.e v1.6 beta is capable of building Mobile, Web and Desktop Apps too. Link to check the current version. You can write code once and build an app for both Android and IOS isn’t that cool.
What it promises
According to the Flutter team, it has four main characteristics:
- Flutter enables you to build beautiful apps.
- Flutter is fast.
- Flutter is productive: It has stateful hot reload, which allows one to iterate on their apps in real time. With stateful hot reload, you can make changes to the code of your app and see the results instantly.
- Lastly, Flutter is open: Flutter is an open source project and has thousands of contributions already.
What I like most is Android and iOS in one go ..
Sometimes we might want to keep a couple of details of the native platform (e.g. the back arrow). This is done in order for our apps to integrate better with the OS ecosystem.
We need to write native apps to make our app looks and work smoother for the platform it has been build for but Flutter can take care of all native features and appearance of your app, showing the appropriate icon for the appropriate platform. You don’t have to take care of it yourself. Besides, Flutter also offers concepts such as “Safe zone”, which takes into account curved corners on screens and the now infamous “notch” on top of the new iPhones, and thus doesn’t let your design be concealed because of it. It also allows one to use techniques of responsive design and thus adapt to a practically infinite range of screens.
So, should I learn it?
In my opinion YES, If you looking to learn mobile development then Flutter will be a good choice for you, it has a small learning curve and supported by the big community and large companies also showing continuous support for this new bee in the market. In terms of Web Development, it’s still a long way for Flutter, but for Mobile App Development it shows some promising features and fast development speed, with its capability of cross-platform development its pays out and will be a game changer in near future.