Five reasons why we use Flutter for mobile development

Five reasons why we use Flutter for mobile development
Flutter for mobile development

First, let's describe Flutter for those unfamiliar with it.

“Flutter is an open source framework by Google for building beautiful, natively compiled, multi-platform applications from a single codebase.”

And also:

“It is used to develop cross-platform applications for Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Windows, Google Fuchsia, and the web from a single codebase.”

In layman's terms, Flutter gives us the tools to quickly and easily develop mobile and web applications using a single codebase. Once we code the project, we can have an Android application, an iOS (Apple) application, and a fully functional web application. 

Let’s get a bit more in-depth for those who might be interested and list the top 5 reasons we believe Flutter is great for development.

1- One codebase, multiple platforms

As mentioned above, using a single codebase (writing the code only once) allows us to build an application for different platforms (Android, iOS, and Web). This approach literally saves us 50% of our time (and, of course, our client’s money) since we code the app only once and then ship it for both iOS and Android (we don’t prefer to use Flutter for building web applications) at the same time. 

2- Flutter is open-source

All the Flutter codebase is publicly available on GitHub for anyone to see, use, and contribute. Of course, Flutter has behind some of the best software engineers who work daily on it, but we shouldn’t underestimate the power of the community. These thousands of developers, if not millions, contribute to the Flutter project by opening bugs, writing Flutter packages, etc. Flutter packages etc.

3- It’s all about widgets

Without getting too deep into this part, since it’s primarily technical stuff, we would like to point out that building an application with Flutter is so much pleasure to work with; the learning curve feels natural, and the whole development process goes smoothly. Features like Hot-reload (the ability to refresh the app without loading the complete code) make our job much easier and more productive.

4- Google backs Flutter

This translates to peace of mind for us developers and our projects running with it since we know Flutter is in good hands and its life will be long and prosperous. Just for your reference, Flutter was acquired by Google in October 2013 for US$40 million.

5- Flutter is developed using the Dart Language

For those who want to get into the technical parts, Dart is a “Client-optimized language for fast apps on any platform.”For those who want to get into the technical parts, Dart is a “Client-optimized language for fast apps on any platform.” open-source; being a strongly-typed language, Dart helps us developers to make fewer mistakes since the code is validated before runtime (at the moment it is written). Also, just like Flutter, Dart is free and open source and owned by Google.