Flutter or React Native are two options available to open-source applications. Flutter is the more popular choice, even though there are pros and disadvantages to each. React Native is still around, but Flutter might be the best option right now.
If you are looking to launch apps, but cannot find the development team that you require. In anticipation of a recession, your runway has been cut. You might not realize that your software development framework plays a greater role.
Flutter is being preferred by many mobile-first businesses that are looking at cross-platform solutions. Listen to Sam Moore, from Betterment, speak on Venturi’s Voice podcast. According to JetBrains' 2021 State of Developer Ecosystem survey, Flutter "surpassed React Native in becoming the most popular cross-platform mobile framework."
Languages of Talent
Take a look at talent and consider what factors influence your choice between open-source mobile development tools. What is it doing to your growth? These are eight questions you should consider:
- Are we looking to be multi-platform (iOS/Android, Desktop, Web and Embedded) or mobile cross-platform? (iOS/Android).
- Which options offer the best performance?
- Which option is the most promising and offers the greatest long-term benefits?
- Which approach gives the best developer experience?
- What are the learning curves and their impact on productivity?
- Can we train/hire efficiently?
- How can our engineering team benefit from streamlining the engineering management process?
- Do we value learning and building relationships in a community-focused way?
Let's take a closer look at these questions.
Multi-Capability and Cross-Platform
Are you required to be cross-platform? Cross-platform approaches have been popularized by React Native. Flutter's multiplatform capability to support mobile, Web, Mac, Windows and Linux has been a major advancement and selling point. Multi-capability dimensions are also worth considering. A development kit can be used for more than just building apps for different screens.
Flutter allows developers to go beyond the traditional realm of app development. Flutter allows developers to move into new areas that might have required completely different work streams and tools. These areas include backend code and embedded device experiences. Flutter is familiar with existing tooling and does not require fluency in a new tech stack.
The Raspberry Pi can be programmed, as shown in this project by Flutter GDE Roman Jaquez. You can also program a game with 2D effects or physics. You can even develop an infotainment system for a vehicle.
Flutter's platform independence is also a significant de-risker, as there has been so much innovation in devices. David DeRemer from Very Good Ventures points to the fact that Flutter is as much about platform independence as it is multi-platform. He states that you can create one codebase and have it deployed on any platform capable of running the Flutter engine.
This is crucial because it will help you decide what to do if your hardware startup has a screen user interface but is still in the development phase. What OS should you choose? Windows, Android or Linux? You don't need to make this a major decision that slows down your progress.
Insiders claim that React Native is catching up, and has fixed many areas where Flutter was out in front.
Suranga says React Native is working hard to catch up. This leads to teams efficiency.
A Rallying Place for Streamlined Teams
Teams don't have to be organized by platforms. With Flutter, they can collaborate on the same codebase and not have to focus on platforms.
This team streamlining system is designed for the future. With a large ecosystem, developers can access high-quality open source tools and support from well-respected brands such as Canonical and Microsoft.
React Native teams can be more efficient with mobile. Flutter's multiplatform nature allows for streamlined efforts to expand to almost any platform.
Which Option Grows and Matures Best?
Most people have heard "React Native" more often than "Flutter" and probably for longer periods of time. Given its history, it is easy to conclude that the React Native side has more developer talent.
Flutter has been used to build more than 500,000 apps to date.
Although exact usage metrics can be difficult to find, the Flutter community points out trends on GitHub or StackOverflow to show its rapid growth relative other options.
Learning and Building in The Open
Flutter's source code is easily accessible by developers.
There is a large global community of passionate developers who use open-sourcing content and packages. Check out this list with favorite open-source packages on pub.dev.
What About Dart?
Dart is not just the language that powers Flutter. It's also on the server. Serverpod and Alfred are enhancing Dart's full-stack capabilities. Dart Frog, an open-source backend framework, has become a very popular choice. It is easy to create middleware and set up a backend. Check out what Felix Angelov of Very Good Ventures has to say about Dart Frog’s stability in August.
This creates a common tech stack that uses shared tools and models. Dart Frog allows developers to build for the front end.
We are here!
The year ahead will be about doing more with less. However, you will need to have a critical mass that can support your digital initiatives and carry the business forward. It is crucial to pay attention to what tools you are using.
Do they allow your team to do more with less effort and burnout? Is your organization and development process sophisticated enough to attract the right people? These questions can help you avoid being the victim of panicked others.