Flutter, a framework for cross-platform applications

Flutter is an open-source software development framework which provides for easy cross-platform mobile app development. High-quality natively compiled apps for iOS and Android can be built quickly, without needing to write separate code for the two apps as you use one codebase for both platforms.

What is Flutter?

Back in the day, building apps was expensive. Nowadays, frameworks have been constructed which create hybrid (or cross-platform) apps. Among these, the Flutter framework has quickly become popular with developers, enterprises, entrepreneurs and users. Flutter developers have designed it as a portable UI toolkit which builds native-like apps across mobile, web and desktop, using a single codebase. It uses Dart as its programming language and incorporates Material Design and Cupertino widgets. It behaves naturally on any platform and easily integrates with Android, IOS, Linux, MAC, Windows and Google Fuchsia applications.

What is Flutter used for?

Flutter can be used to develop apps for Android and iOS, without having to use a different codebase for each platform. The smartphone versions of these apps function on Apple and Android devices and are compiled for the respective platform before publication. It is also possible to create web apps for browsers as well as native programs for Windows, Linux and macOS. Google itself uses Flutter, as do e-commerce service providers such as eBay, Groupon or Alibaba Group to provide their mobile and web apps with a uniform look.

What programming language is Flutter based on?

The Flutter SDK is based on the Dart programming language which is designed to supersede JavaScript. Apps for Fuchsia, Google’s new platform, are developed directly with Dart. Its structure is like that of other programming languages such as Java or C#.

It’s All Widgets.

Flutter is widget-based technology which means that object-oriented programming can be applied to any element. So, using Flutter you can modify widgets easily. It also provides UI widgets to meet key web application design needs. Flutter, because of its open-source framework, has attracted an active community of developers. 

Some advantages of Flutter.

Flutter has numerous advantages inherent in the programming language and in the set of development tools that allow it to solve problems that other languages cannot. Flutter’s code allows you to write just one codebase not only for mobile Android and iOS but also for web, desktop and more. This cuts development time drastically, reduces costs and facilitates much faster app launching. Flutter’s custom widgets allow for the creation of great visuals for any app. Furthermore, there is no need to worry about the UI on different devices. Flutter uses the fast and mature open-source graphics library, Skia. It redraws the UI every time a view changes which results in a smooth and fast-loading app experience. The hot reload feature makes app development much quicker. With Flutter it isn’t necessary to reload the app to see each change made to the code. It is easy to make changes to any app which provides the opportunity to experiment with code and fix bugs on the go.

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