By: Prarthana Kandwal
WHY FLUTTER IS THE FUTURE OF MOBILE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT?
In the current scenario, mobile applications have gained popularity. Due to this high popularity of mobile applications, the demand for building user-friendly applications has become necessary. Cross-platform technologies have changed the face of mobile application development. Some cross-platform technologies include Ionic, Cordova, Flutter, etc.
What is Flutter?
The recent cross-platform technology that is known to replace all the other cross-platform technologies is Flutter by Google. Flutter is Google’s UI toolkit for building beautiful applications for mobile, web, and desktop from a single code base.
Some features that are making flutter popular among the developers are:
• Fast Development: Various widgets of Flutter make its development faster. Also, the recent Hot Reload feature contributes to its faster development.
• Expressive UI: Flutter ensures the development of flexible and expressive user interfaces with various widgets and extremely layered architecture.
• Native Performance: The widgets in Flutter include all critical platform differences and compiles the code to native ARM machine code using Dart’s native compilers.
Some applications that are made using Flutter are Alibaba, Google Ads, and UOL.
• Dart Programming Language: Flutter uses the Dart programming language that is known to have many advantages that make Flutter a popular cross-platform technology. Dart is an open-source language that supports all the object-oriented concepts.
• Widgets in Flutter: Flutter offers a wide range of collection of visual, structural, and interactive widgets. Some basic widgets that flutter offers are App bar, Icons, Raised button, Scaffold, placeholder, etc.
Some basic widgets are as follows :
- App bar: It consists of a toolbar and other widgets.
- Icons: These are graphical non-interactive widgets.
- Raised Button: It consists of text written over a rectangular button.
- Scaffold: It consists of APIs for showing drawers, snack bars.
- Placeholder: It draws a box to show where other widgets should be added.
- Column: It arranges a list of child widgets in the vertical direction.
- Container: It oversees the common positioning and sizing widgets.
- Hot Reload: Flutter has an interesting feature called Hot Reload. It applies changes to the code during the development phase. It lets the user quickly change the UI and fix bugs.