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4 Oct 2019

FLUTTER FRAMEWORK; PROS & CONS YOU SHOULD KNOW

TL;DR (Flutter)

  • It is free and open-source;
  • Based on Dart- a fast, object-oriented programming language;
  • Has its own widgets, which are fast, and customizable;
  • Architecture is based on popular reactive programming;
  • Speeds up app development process;
  • Cuts down the app development cost;
  • Creates aesthetically appealing app UI with smooth animations.

This information is sufficient enough to create a stir in the turf of app development and eventually it has already!

Looking closely it can be observed that the very spectrum of iOS and Android development is benefiting hugely from the Flutter technology.

Flutter is jam-packed with the number of benefits and every so often, the regular updates bring a handful of new advantages to be used by developers.

However, in the very fabric of Flutter’s pool of benefits, there are certain drawbacks as well, which are lying beneath this framework.

Let’s take a look and learn more about the promising possibilities or limitations offered by Flutter…

A quick synopsis of Flutter

Flutter is Google’s development kit, which has an aim to build mobile apps for Android, iOS, and Google Fuchsia, without even involving an iota of doubt.

Today Flutter is utilized in the development field as a free and open-source framework, that helps developers to build native-looking apps on iOS and Android, utilizing a similar codebase.

 Is Flutter Popular?

Yes of course it is!

Today Flutter is the chosen development framework by the developers, and the industry giants like Alibaba, Emaar, Groupon, Nubank are some of the leading names, which have embraced Flutter technology and are excelling higher in their specific genre.

Pros Flutter Hold

No doubt, Flutter is has number of perks that can allow Flutter to grow immensely higher with the incredible functionalities, and it has set the standard for.

Let’s take a quick look at the pool of benefits offered by the Flutter framework.

Hot Reload

It would be highly unjustified if the benefits don’t start with the mention of Hot Reload.

It is the sizzling fact relished by the developer community, where they can see all the changes they’ve made to the code right away in the app.

It would consume less than a second for the developers to administer the changes, and further, the new features addition, bug-fixing, new trials integration, without consuming even an iota of excessive time.

With the Hot Reload feature, developers can create better collaboration with designers.

This ensures that app looks much better, and  without even waiting for endless hours.

Requires LESS Code

Flutter works on Dart programming language, which is object-oriented and strongly typed and looks like React Native.

Also, Flutter doesn’t require a JavaScript that helps ultimately in improving the overall performance.

Dart very well utilize the Ahead-of-Time, or AOT, compilation, along with the Just-in-Time, or JIT, compilation.

One code for two OS

Flutter gives the option to build separately for two platforms, where developers just need to build once with one codebase, and that codebase can surely be used without any hassle for two applications.

App Widgets

In the development field, the widgets hold a special place, as they help in enhancing the app’s view and interface.

And Flutter platform offers a rich set of widgets with extensive capabilities, that also let the developers create complex custom widgets.

With Flutter, widgets don’t have the limitation to be used for views only, but they are very much used for the entire screens and for the app as well.

 Uncomplicated setup

It doesn’t require to apply rocket-science to set up!

Flutter is very easy and developers don’t require the high-end machines to start coding.

With Flutter, developers only require to utilize the low-end machines, and start coding without a hassle.

To be précised the friction-free iteration with Flutter, helps developers to tune well with their work.

Native features accessibility

It goes without saying that camera and geolocation features, are accessed with the native platform, and this is where Flutter wins the race and brings the true essence of the native platform.

Developers can reuse the existing Java, Swift, and Objective-C code to access native features and SDKs on both iOS and Android platforms.

Less scope for bugs

As we all know that Flutter integrates a lesser amount of codes, which clearly states that with Flutter the app has lesser bugs and that makes the app a seamless product.

Official support

As Flutter is brain-child of Google, therefore there is HUGE support from the Material Design team.

Further it has the ever-growing community of developers, providing the extensive support to help this framework grow further.

Great option for an investor pitch

Last, it can be said, that if you are looking forward to funding and willing to show your product to the investors at the earliest possible, then the Flutter app comes for your rescue, which allows showing the final product to investors at the earliest possible.

Cons Flutter Hold

However it is quite hard to judge a framework, which is still in its nascent stage, but in order to help in comprehending the flaws, here are certain points that are compiled herewith below…

 A limited set of libraries

Flutter is supported by Google, but the framework is quite new, limiting the access of every possible functionality developer might be looking for.

 Restricted Device accessibility

It doesn’t support a web browser, and on deciding upon the device flexibility option, eventually, it is not the best option developers can look forward to.

Sparse Support For App Size

Surprisingly, the Flutter app cannot be smaller than 4MB in size, since these apps have the built-in widgets, not platform widgets, which increase the size of the app.

What Would Be The Time & Cost To Build An App With Flutter?

On an average note, the time consumed on flutter app development is almost 1/3rd of the regular app development and consumes only 3 weeks.

An app not built on Flutter can take around 4-5 weeks.

On the other hand, an app with the basic features & functionalities cost around $15000- $20000, whereas the same app getting built on Flutter would cost around $10000- $15000 only.

This major breakthrough in the cost & time bring dozens of benefits since Flutter saves the time & cost of developing on two separate resources.

Conclusion

It is winning the hearts of businesses & developers, due to the beautiful, high-performance app solutions development for both iOS & Android.

Flutter has been garnering the attention of every developer & is answering every query that could prolong the process of development.

Also, it expedites the development process to a greater extent your app makes a scintillating entry in the market and let your business to mushroom further.

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