Flutter

What is Flutter?

Flutter is a cross-platform framework that enables building the applications for mobile devices (iOS & Android) and desktop (Mac & PC) and web browsers from the same codebase giving significant savings in the Total Cost of Ownership for the Product Owners.

Flutter has been used for over 500K iOS and Android apps with more than 150M+ users.

Flutter is also an open-sourced mobile UI framework, written using C, C++, Dart, and Skia Graphics Engine, developed by Google and released in beta in May 2017 (the first stable version was released in December 2018). 

iOS and Android applications built with Flutter use a single codebase, compile directly to the native ARM code, and access the platform APIs and services without any communication bridge.

With Flutter, you can create well-performing and user-friendly applications in no time.

The current state of Flutter

Flutter framework has its core components being developed by the Google Team, which is a plus for its further development and stability. Google is transparent about the development roadmap at least one year ahead and considers developers' opinions while making fixes and improvements. 

Moreover, Flutter supports building apps on a wide variety of devices and form factors including web, mobile (iOS, Android) and desktop (Windows, macOS, Linux); living rooms (TV, Stadia); smart displays (Assistant); and beyond (cars, embedded devices, and appliances).

Flutter helps its users to create the best experiences for their applications with its fast, productive, open, and pervasive toolkit. It is also constantly developing - in March 2021, Google announced a massive 2.0 release, but it's improving so fast that in May 2022, we already have the Flutter 3.0 version.

The major change in Flutter 2.0 version was to confirm the sound null safety, which is mathematical proof that no object references will have null or void values. Flutter 2.10 covered a wide range of improvements, including updates across Android, iOS, and the web. Another significant change was allowing the production of Windows apps on the stable channel of Flutter by default.

In 2022 Google also plans to increase its investment in supply chain security and bring the infrastructure in line with the requirements described in SLSA level 4. Besides that, the broad developer community is an additional source of market credibility for the product. Since Flutter's early days, it has attracted developers who emphasize the ease and speed of apps development, even with demanding interfaces.

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What are the advantages of using Flutter?

The number of applications built in the Flutter is growing. Even such prominent brands as Toyota, BMW, iRobot, eBay, Groupon decided to take advantage of this framework. Let’s take a look at the main advantages of using Flutter:

Declarative UI:

Flutter does its own UI drawing, which frees us from being dependent on the operating system version. Also, the declarative style of Flutter’s UI programming means you describe only once what the UI should look like for any given state.

Effective Dart language:

Dart is the main programming language in Flutter. It is also a client-optimized language for developing fast apps on any platform, mainly because the same Dart scripts without modification work in iOS and Android native apps without modification.

Many open-source libraries:

Flutter is an open-source project, with contributions from many companies and individuals worldwide as well as from Google. The availability of many open-source libraries speeds up the development time.

Great documentation and community:

Flutter has an engaged community that impacts the improvements and the ease of use. So when a developer comes across some issues with code, they can look at Flutter's well-written documentation with many detailed and interactive examples of basic use cases.

Single codebase:

Flutter is a set of software development tools and a cross-platform solution which means it gives a possibility to build web, mobile, and desktop applications from a single codebase. It significantly increases the speed of development.

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LeanCode is an expert in Flutter

At LeanCode, we gather 25+ skilled Flutter Developers that help our clients to build well-performing applications with UI and UX experience on the highest level.

We can ensure that Flutter provides an excellent opportunity to deliver mobile apps much faster than the other cross-platform solutions. Why do we call ourselves experts in Flutter?

1. Flutter is our core mobile technology

We think Flutter is a great solution for mobile applications and that’s why we fully focus on this technology. We have been developing mobile apps in Flutter since 2018, and every year we deliver several mobile projects for our clients. It allowed us to develop the skills of our Flutter team to a very high extent and you can take advantage of it while working with us.

2. A large Flutter team means more possibilities

We gather 25+ Flutter Developers, and our team is still growing. It gives many possibilities - from developing smaller applications to those dedicated to enterprises in the creation of which a dozen or so Flutter Developers are involved. Besides that, our Flutter team members have already moved from general skills to specialization in specific solutions such as Bluetooth technology, payments integrations with Stripe, design systems, media services, etc.

3. We have a CoreLibrary for Flutter

We have a LeanCode CoreLibrary for building mobile apps in Flutter. This library contains Flutter packages created by us, such as user authentication, Flutter communication with the backend services, or chat. We also have experience developing and maintaining component libraries within a design system. All of that simplifies and speeds up the work of our team by reducing the need to write additional code and reducing the number of bugs that could arise. The fact that specific solutions have already been tested and are compliant with security standards increases the application's stability.

4. We are involved in the development of the Flutter Community

We are a part of the Flutter Community. We engage in organizing the Flutter Warsaw Event (the biggest European Meetup dedicated to Flutter with 1.6K+ members). We also organized the Flutter Europe Conference. Our Flutter Developers share their knowledge by supporting open-source projects and giving speeches at tech events both in Poland and abroad.

5. We teach good Flutter practices at the university

We are in constant cooperation with the Warsaw University of Technology, where we teach Flutter theory and practice. We also take part in other educational events dedicated to future developers. Every year we also run LeanCode Internship, where students and graduates have the opportunity to work on an actual mobile application project and learn about working in a real project team during a two-month program.

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Flutter Warsaw is an IT community focused on modern Flutter technology. It is one of the largest so-called meetups dedicated to Flutter in Europe, initiated by LeanCode in 2018 in Warsaw, Poland with over 1.8k members worldwide. It gathers Flutter enthusiasts and other IT professionals interested in getting to know its possibilities.
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Flutter Europe is an initiative driven by European Flutter Communities to gather people passionate about Flutter and those who want to learn how to create beautiful applications. Its last edition, one of the biggest Flutter conferences, took place in 2020 in Warsaw, Poland. It was organized to share Flutter's knowledge further.

How else our clients can benefit from using Flutter?

High-performance:

Flutter aims to provide 60 frames per second (fps) performance or 120 fps performance on devices capable of 120Hz updates. Even though it is a cross-platform framework, it matches the performance of native apps.

Cost-effective:

The cost of building an app often depends on the number of operating systems where it should be available. When you take this into account, developing applications in Flutter is cost-effective.

Less testing:

Again, the fewer versions of code are required the less testing is needed. A development team doesn’t need to write several tests for each platform which accelerates and simplifies the release process.

Hot reload:

Hot reload allows a developer to edit code and apply those changes immediately. Flutter has a hot reload feature so when a change to the code appears it can be seen instantly the application which positively impacts development.

Easy integration:

Flutter can be integrated into existing applications piecemeal, as a library or module. It means you don’t always need to rewrite all of your existing app’s code to Flutter. This feature is called add-to-app.

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Flutter is suitable not only for mobile development

Flutter was created with an intention to primarily support the development of mobile applications. However, with the development of both web rendering technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and Flutter's capabilities (Flutter 2.0 release), it has become suitable also for web app development. It is also still developing to support other platforms.

Using Flutter, the existing code can be easily compiled into a client experience, embedded into the browser, and then deployed to any web server. Flutter also supports Desktop devices which means mobile applications can be scaled to Windows, Linux, and macOS without the need of rewriting code from the same single codebase.

Using Flutter, the existing code can be easily compiled into a client experience, embedded into the browser, and then deployed to any web server. Flutter also supports Desktop devices which means mobile applications can be scaled to Windows, Linux, and macOS without the need of rewriting code from the same single codebase.

Although, Flutter is in a unique position of being able to target web apps designed for this new web generation and there are also great achievements in Flutter development for desktop applications, we need to admit it’s may not be as effective as technologies and frameworks dedicated to them. So each case of building application in Flutter needs to be considered separately. You can count on our experience and advice also in this aspect.

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