What is Flutter – How to get started with it?

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Flutter Logo
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Flutter is a SDK that allows us to write code to build an application for both Android and IOS. As of now the stable version of Flutter has been published and available for download and already adopted by some of the top-notch companies such as Google, Alibaba, Tencent, Hamilton Musicals and many more.

But why one should use Flutter?

#1. Fast Development

There’s Hot Reload using which you can paint your app in milliseconds. Flutter has some IDE shortcuts for faster developments. For example – As in Android Studio you have to first add colour into values file but in Flutter, you can just change the colours without adding any values.

#2. Expressive and Flexible UI

The layered architecture allows you to fully customise our app and this results in incredibly fast rendering and expressive designs.

#3. It’s an SDK, not a LANGUAGE

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Flutter SDK
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As already mentioned above that Flutter is an SDK and it’s used to develop Applications for both platforms Android and IOS. As of now we are using JAVA/KOTLIN while using Android Studio to write the code but if you are developing using Flutter then you only need to know about DART.

Now the question arises, what is DART?

In 2011, Google developed a general-purpose programming language that is used to build beautiful mobile and web applications, called DART. Developers use this language to build high-quality apps for Android and IOS.

As of now, it’s not a well-known language and you have to spend some time to understand it.

Try Flutter CREATE Contest

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Flutter Create is a contest that challenges you to build something interesting, inspiring, and beautiful with Flutter using 5KB or less of Dart code. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert with Flutter, they invite you to join them and see what you can create. They also have over $10,000 in prizes for a few winners!


Create a novel experience with Flutter in 5KB or less of Dart code


All projects must be submitted by April 7, 11:59 pm PDT (GMT-7)

Visit here to know more about this Contest.

How to Install Flutter

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To install flutter on your device visit here.

Windows Install – Flutter

To install and run Flutter, your development environment must meet these minimum requirements:

Operating Systems: Windows 7 or later (64-bit)

Disk Space: 400 MB (does not include disk space for IDE/tools).Tools: Flutter depends on these tools being available in your environment.

Windows PowerShell 5.0 or newer (this is pre-installed with Windows 10)

Git for Windows 2.x, with the Use Git from the Windows Command Prompt option. If Git for Windows is already installed, make sure you can run commands git from the command prompt or PowerShell.

Future with Flutter

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Job Oppurtuinity
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In upcoming days there will be high demand of jobs in Flutter Development but as of now I personally haven’t seen any job letters or opening in this field. Flutter is now very popular in the field of Start-ups.

Google, Amazon and Quora didn’t yet hire anyone as Flutter Developer. If you are looking for any Start-up then you should go with Flutter as it builds Native apps from a single code line.

Conclusion

Flutter is a great platform for building Native apps with beautiful designs. Now more and more developers are using Flutter as this complete the client demands in less time period.

But remember one thing that some features may not be functioned using Flutter instead you have to code them for both Android and IOS individually. For example – if your app needs to communicate using Bluetooth then you have to code these features individually for both.

If you want to build your first Flutter Widget then click here.

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Nand
Creator of Gadacts and undergrad CS student with interest in web development, UI designing and photography. Sharing my knowledge on Gadacts 🙂

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