How Flutter improved your App development process?
Flutter is an open-source mobile application development SDK created by Google. It is used to develop applications for Android and iOS, as well as being the primary method of creating applications for Google Fuchsia. It was unveiled at the 2015 Dart developer summit, with the stated intent of being able to render consistently at 120 frames per second. Flutter's first version was known as "Sky" and it ran on the Android operating system. During the keynote of Google Developer Days in Shanghai, Google announced Flutter Release Preview 2 which is the last big release before Flutter 1.0.
On December 4th, 2018, Flutter 1.0 was released at the Flutter Live event, denoting the first "stable" version of the Framework.
Features of Flutter
Flutter's engine, written primarily in C++, provides low-level rendering support using Google's Skia graphics library. Additionally, it interfaces with platform-specific SDKs such as those provided by Android and iOS.
Flutter apps are written in the Dart language and make use of many of the language's more advanced features. On Android, and on Windows, macOS, and Linux via the semi-official Flutter Desktop Embedding project, Flutter runs in the Dart virtual machine which features a just-in-time execution engine. Due to App Store restrictions on dynamic code execution, Flutter apps use ahead-of-time (AOT) compilation on iOS.
A notable feature of the Dart platform is its support for "hot reload" where modifications to source files can be injected into a running application. Flutter extends this with support for stateful hot reload, where in most cases changes to source code can be reflected immediately in the running app without requiring a restart or any loss of state. This feature as implemented in Flutter has received widespread praise.
UI design in Flutter typically involves assembling and/or creating various widgets. A widget in Flutter represents an immutable description of part of the user interface; all graphics, including text, shapes, and animations are created using widgets. More complex widgets can be created by combining many simpler ones.
Support for Android and iOS
The Flutter framework contains two sets of widgets which conform to specific design languages. Material Design widgets implement Google's design language of the same name, and Cupertino widgets imitate Apple's iOS design.
The Foundation library provides basic classes and functions which are used to construct applications using Flutter, such as APIs to communicate with the engine.
Flutter comes with an effective portable GPU rendering UI that enable it to work on current interfaces. It can run with interoperable platforms.
Flutter comes with more flexible and expressive customization tools. It also offers exclusive themes for the creation of customized UI as per your requirements.
Google Flutter is also integrated with Native ARM (Advanced RISC Machine) code. The native ARM is a most significant feature for new startups and beginners who just occupied technology trends. It allows you to implement your ideas easily and take optimum advantages from it.
Google Flutter can support a set of IDEs that integrates Visual Studio, Android Studio, and Xcode. Developers will be able to check if everything is going right/wrong.
Google Flutter would make you reach the well-organized community of developers and experts. The community forum called “Flutter gitter Channel” aspires and brings together all aspiring developers to achieve the best of results working with the platform.
Let's see How Flutter improved your App development process -
Making App Development Faster
With Flutter, you can create a Native app development platform easily. Working with it you would get tools to customize widgets and enriched native UI. Google Flutter consists of the highly productive rendering engine to customize the widgets. The widgets feature will improve the functionality and performance of the app development.
Flutter uses Dart programming language which is an object-oriented programming language. It does not need to code an entirely new programme if any changes are made because it allows hot reload. Flutter is slightly similar to react native so it is reactive and declarative.
Flutter comes with elements for designing Android and iOS widgets. Furthermore, it makes easy to reduce stress through less coding and changes in the interface. Thus, your mobile app becomes user-friendly and navigational easily. You can definitely look forward to getting natural and faultless designs for your application.
Google added a highly effective tool in Flutter in the form of platform layouts. The layouts help in creating specific UI design and you will also get flexible APIs for presenting your imagination in different types of animations. This reactive framework helps developers to add their skill and productivity appropriate manner.
Flutter is a cross-platform development tool. In this, coding is done only once and then the same code can be used in another platform as well. Also, Flutter is the only access to development in Google’s Fuchsia platform. Fuchsia is said to replace Android in the future.
Integration of Ideas
The Google Flutter would allow you to access all tools and libraries that help you to execute your ideas into proper platform whether Android or iOS. It helps in reusing the code and makes the app development process simpler. You will be able to reuse the programming code such as Kotlin, Swift, and Java for Android and iOS.
Most of the time, the themes of the same app are different for iOS and Android. The difference is not in the theme color and design but more than that. Flutter allows to put in different themes while coding for both the platforms.
Using Google Flutter the app developers will be able to insert flutter into their apps on WebView component. This feature will make it easier for the users to view the web content within the mobile apps. Moreover, navigating and stabilizing the apps would become simple.
Yet another significant visible improvement in the Google Flutter is extending support for formatting the pictures, the inline videos etc. The apps get better than ever before.
At present, the tech giant is still in process and working on an open-source mobile OS Fuchsia, written in Flutter. But only time will tell, whether it proves better than React Native or not.
Enjoy app development with a much faster rate and enhance your UI development skills more. You can share your experiences with us in the comment section. Thank you!