It’s an established truth…when Google comes with something new, it is nothing less than “AWESOME.” Flutter is Google’s UI toolkit specifically designed to build beautiful and natively compiled applications for mobile, web, and desktop. There are several common misconceptions and commonly asked questions around Flutter. It is important to get the basics right in Flutter if you are planning to use it in the future for your enterprise app development. Flutter has a dedicated FAQ page, but this writeup is designed to clarify doubts rather than covering every aspect.
Why are there no layout files? Or, where are the layout files?
Flutter has a different take on this. Instead of using the Views, Flutter uses widgets. A widget is pretty much everything in Flutter and everything from layout structure to a button is a widget. Customizability is one of the most preferred advantages for developers. It is interesting to note that a button in Flutter does not take a title as a string, but it takes it as another widget. So without breaking the constraint, you can have an image, text, icon, and almost everything else. This also helps you in easily creating customizable images.
Isn’t it easier to drag and drop compared to making a layout in the code?
This is a true fact. But most of the Flutter community prefers the code. However, it is still not difficult to implement drag-and-drop. In order to carry out this task well, the Flutter studio is one of the great resources to help generate layouts from the drag and drop options. This is a great tool and there are a lot more exciting features that can be explored with this one.
How is Flutter different from a WebView based application?
The code written in WebView or an app that runs similarly has to go through similar levels before it gets executed. However, Flutter makes that much faster as it compiles it down to the native ARM code so that it can be executed on both the platforms. Another noteworthy benefit is that the apps made in Flutter run much faster than their hybrid counterparts. For the developers, it is much easier for them to access the sensors and native components by using the plugins rather than using the WebViews with which it is very difficult to take full advantage of the platform.
Planning for the future
Flutter has already become a favorite UI toolkit for many developers across the globe. However, there is still a lot more new features, training, and knowledge that needs to be shared with the community. As market leaders in custom mobile/web app development, and a company working in this industry for the last 10+ years, we are sure that there will be a major shift towards Flutter in the near future. Get in touch with us for any Flutter related queries or assistance, and we will be happy to help you get the best out of this toolkit. Please find the link to the detailed article here.