Flutter is the newest framework in the world of native mobile application development developed by Google in 2017. It is a free and open-source framework to develop creative mobile applications. It is a free open-source user interface framework that uses a single codebase to develop a mobile application on both iOS and Android. It is used to build faster iOS and Android applications easily in a cost-effective way which minimizes the time spent on testing.
Flutter is a much newer platform when compared to other platforms and frameworks. Its specialty is the ability to build multi-platform applications which grew its popularity. Because of its versatility and open-source nature more and more companies have adopted Flutter over time. Companies like React Native, Xamarin, New York Times, My BMW App, Cordova, Google Ads, eBay Motors, Philips Hue, Alibaba, and many others use Flutter as their chosen framework. These are the top reasons why developers use flutter for mobile applications.
Flutter as a framework allows developers to create native applications without having to use a lot of code. The performance of Flutter applications is so quick that the users cannot even make out whether the application is a native application or a Flutter application. Flutter has well-structured documentation that covers all the possible topics, accurately describing everything from installation to more in-depth things like scaling of the application and reactivity.
Use the Flutter framework to develop mobile applications with these functionalities:
Same UI and Business Logic in All Platforms
Own Rendering Engine
Reduced Code Development Time
Increased Time-to-Market Speed
Simple Platform-Specific Logic Implementation
The Potential Ability to Go Beyond Mobile
Similar to Native App Performance
Custom, Animated UI of Any Complexity Available
Flutter is different than most other options for building mobile apps because it doesn’t rely on the set of widgets that ship with each device or web browser technology.
For iOS app development and android app development, our company has been tinkering with Flutter for some time now and has come up with some important lessons every Flutter developer should know.
There comes a time when you need to share the application’s state between screens, across your application which is possible with the help of Flutter. There are a few approaches to follow with different architectures but serve the same functionality.
It is important to know how your IDE works while working with Flutter applications. One of the things which can increase your productivity is IDE Shortcuts which will save you a ton of time while coding with the help of just your keyboard.
During the development of an application, testing is most important. To make your application work seamlessly having a good knowledge of testing is essential. Flutter has a method named the “debugPrint” which will make it easier as it gives you a lot more information than a normal print statement.
Flutter SDK has its own set of widgets and if you have a good knowledge of which widget to use where it can be lifesaving. From developing a simple container to working on advanced functionalities like Async calls or opening the Camera, widgets are there to make your life simpler and easier. So, make sure to explore the inbuilt Flutter widgets as well as open-source widgets available on the internet.
If you are using VS code to write your program in Dart programming language, then code snippet shortcuts will boost your productivity to the next level. Writing boilerplate code is time-consuming because it doesn’t support code snippet shortcuts. It helps you to write multiple lines of code with just a few alphabets. You can configure your snippet in VS code with Configure User Snippet.
There are chances that while designing the user interface of your application; your code looks messy with a lot of nested codes. The best practice is to break down your code into widgets which can be done by simply right-clicking the code block and clicking on “Wrap with Widgets”. This will create a new widget and can be reused in different places of your application.