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Flutter vs React Native: A Developer’s Perspective

React Native was started by Facebook in 2015, while Flutter was released by Google in I/O 2017. The latter uses Dart to develop cross platform app, while Facebook’s React Native uses JavaScript. Both hybrid app development platforms have their pros and cons- React Native maybe older but the top flutter app development companies are bagging clients such as Alibaba and Abbey Road Studios.

Getting Started

Since, React Native has a huge community of mentors and developers, it offers little guidance for developing for iOS and none at all for Android apps. Flutter, on the other hand, offers detailed information on IDE setup and platform setup for both iOS and Android. Flutter’s CLI tool called named doctor will inspect which tools are installed on the local machine and which tools need configuration. Once the doctor approves, developers can go on to create new Flutter apps.

Development Framework

Ease of language: Thanks to a huge web community and longer usage, developers are well aware of JavaScript. This makes the language more popular but more competitive. Whereas Dart is still less know but extremely easy to learn and adopt since most of the object-oriented concepts are similar. And, with companies like Alibaba and Google titling towards Flutter, it’s a great opportunity for developers to cash in on the new opportunities early on.

Components Library:When it comes to larger Components Library, React Native gets a clear win when it comes to automation. In React Native, some of the components can be automatically adapted. But in Flutter, developers have to configure the library components manually.

Having said that, React Native is way too dependent on third-party libraries, while Flutter eliminates that need by giving device API access, UI rendering components, stateful management, navigation support, testing and plenty of libraries.

Post Deployment framework: Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery practices enable developers to integrate feedback and omit bugs, especially post beta runs. Flutter in this regard beats React Native as React Native doesn’t have any official documentation on setting up CI/CD.

Who’s got bigger clients?

This is a tricky question because although Facebook clearly has bigger clients including Skype, Facebook, Tesla, Airbnb, Instagram, Walmart among other bigwigs, it’s also 2 years older than Flutter. So, considering that in just two years, Flutter has apps like Alibaba, Google Ad, Hamilton Musical, Topline from Abbey Roads Studio, Reflectly among several others from big companies, Google’s Flutter has its own elite backing.

Who’s better?

When it comes to the war between Native app development vs React Native, the latter is a clear winner. But after the arrival of Flutter in the match, the tables have turned. Single platform app development required developers to use Xcode and Swift to build iOS app and Android Studio and Kotlin/Java to build Android apps. But with one single development platform dedicated to both platforms, Flutter and React Native have become an instant hit.

Their programming languages-Dart and JavaScript are both easy to adopt and as far as technical architecture goes, it’s more of a question of the project involved than the platform. Coming to which platform is more promising for developers, React Native is a more mature tool with bigger community but Flutter shows great promise with rising adoption, so the only way to know it to test it for yourself.


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