This year, mobile applications have become more and more popular. Fortunately, many programming tools are available to developers who want to build them. These tools also have flutters, which have recently distinguished themselves.
What is a flutter?
flutter is a free and open source mobile UI framework developed by Google and released in May 2017. In a nutshell, it allows you to create a local mobile application with just one code base. This means you can use a programming language and a code base to create two different apps (for iOS and Android).
The wave consists of two main parts:
- An SDK (Software Development Kit): A set of tools that will help you build your applications. It includes tools for compiling your code into local machine code (code for iOS and Android).
- A framework (widget-based UI library): a collection of reusable UI elements (buttons, text input, sliders, etc.) that you can personalize to suit your needs.
To create with flutters, you will use a programming language called DART. The language was created by Google in October 2011, but has improved significantly over the years.
Dart focuses on frontend development, and you can use it to build mobile and web applications.
“flutter is Google’s UI toolkit for creating beautiful, locally designed applications for mobile, web and desktop from a single code base.” – Google, flutter.dev
Why should you learn to flutter?
I chose some of the reasons why I like the flutter and why I want to use it next year. I will give you the details and my opinion below.
Easy to learn and use
flutter is a modern framework, and you can feel it! It’s very easy to create mobile applications. If you’ve used Java, Swift, or React Native, you’ll see how different the flutter is.
I personally never liked developing mobile applications before I started using flutters.
What I like about flutters is that you can create a real native application without a bunch of code.
Quick compilation: maximum productivity
Thanks to Flutter, you can change your code and see results in real time. This is called hot reload. It only takes a short time after you save to update the application.
Major edits force you to reload the app. But if you act like a design, for example, and resize an element, it’s in real time!
Ideal for beginner MVPs.
flutters are a great choice if you want to show your product to investors as soon as possible.
Here are my top 4 reasons to use it for my MVP:
- Developing a mobile application with Flutter is cheaper because you don’t have to create and maintain two mobile apps (one for iOS and one for Android).
- All you need is a developer to create your MVP.
- This is performance – you won’t notice the difference between a local application and a flutter app.
- It’s beautiful – you can easily use the widgets provided by Flutter and personalize it to create a valuable UI for your users (you can see examples of applications built with Flutter below).
New technology requires good documentation. But it doesn’t always happen that he has!
You can learn a lot from Flutter’s documentation, and everything is very detailed with simple examples for basic usage. Every time I had a problem with one of my widgets in my code, I was able to check the documentation and the answer was there.
A growing community
There’s a strong community of flirtations, and that’s just the beginning!
As you know, I like to share my programming knowledge and useful material on my website. I need to know that I am working on potential technology with a lot of support.
When I started using Flutter, I first searched for communities, and to my surprise, there are plenty of places to exchange information on Flutter.
I’ll give you some examples of places I like to check out on a daily basis. Send me a message on Twitter with your suggestions.
Flutter Awesome: A great list of the best Flutter libraries and tools. This website publishes daily content with lots of examples, application templates, advice, etc.
Awesome Flutter: A GitHub repository with a list of articles, videos, ingredients, utilities, etc. (linked to Flutter Awesome).
It’s all widgets!: !: An open list of apps built with flutters.
Flutter Community: An intermediate publication where you can find articles, tutorials, and more.
Supported by Android Studio and VS Code
Flutter is available on various IDEs. The two major code editors to develop with this technology are Android Studio (Intelligence J) and VS Code.
Android Studio is a complete software in which everything is already connected. You’ll need to download the Filter and Dart plugin to get started.
VS Code is a lightweight tool, and everything is configurable via plugins from Marketplace.
I use Android Studio because I don’t have to configure a lot of things to work.
You are free to choose the IDE of your choice!