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Flutter vs React Native || Flutter Tutorial

Updated: Apr 28

Hi,


In this blog post we are going to see difference between flutter & react native.

So, Let's start



Firstly we will see what is flutter & what is react native with their specific features, then we will see difference chart between both of them.


Before starting i wanted to tell you that both flutter & react native are used to develop cross platform mobile applications. Now there is a doubt what cross platform is.

So, cross platform meaning 1 code for multiple platforms, means 1 code will work for Android as well as iOS.


Now let's come to "Flutter" again.


Flutter is used to develop mobile applications for both Android and iOS. Demand of flutter is increased 300% in last 1 year - 2020. The main reason behind that is flutter is adopted by Google . Flutter is free & open source. Flutter is a mobile framework that uses "Dart" Programming language for building mobile apps. We will further see "Dart" Programming Language in detail. Flutter is well optimized & most widely used. We can also access all the hardware of mobile including geolocation, camera etc. using flutter.


Features of Flutter -

  • Open Source - Yes, it is open source & free to use.

  • Cross - Platform Development - Another feature of flutter, As we already discussed - 1 code for all, android & iOS.

  • Hot Reload: Whenever the developer makes changes in the code, then these changes can be seen instantaneously with Hot Reload. It means the changes immediately visible in the app itself. It is a very hot feature, which allows the developer to fix the bugs instantly.

  • Accessible Native Features: This feature allows the app development process easy and delightful through Flutter's native code, third-party integration, and platform APIs. Thus, we can easily access the SDKs on both platforms together with flutter development.

  • Minimal code: Flutter app is developed by Dart programming language, which uses JIT and AOT compilation to improve the overall start-up time, functioning and accelerates the performance. JIT enhances the development system and refreshes the UI without putting extra effort into building a new one. The code is very less in flutter

  • Widgets: The Flutter framework offers widgets, which are capable of developing customizable specific designs. Most importantly, Flutter has two sets of widgets: Material Design and Cupertino widgets that help to provide a glitch-free experience on all platforms. In flutter, each & everything is a widget.

React Native - React is a JavaScript Library, Open Source & Developed by Facebook. It is also used for developing mobile applications both android & iOS. But mostly people preferred flutter instead of react native & Flutter is growing too fast. React Native has a cross platform feature, Also its save our time, we have to write only 1 code for both - Android, iOS.


Features of React Native -

  • Open Source - Yes, it is open source & free to use.

  • Cross - Platform Development - Another feature of flutter, As we already discussed - 1 code for all, android & iOS.

  • UI Focused - React Native mainly focuses on UI - User Interface

  • Performance - The code written in React Native is compiled into Native Code

  • Hot Reloading - Instant changes will appear in our app. Easy to debug

  • Support for Third Party Libraries - React Native supports variety of third party libraries

  • Faster Development - Allows Code Reusability. This feature helps you to develop apps very fast.

Differences between React Native & Flutter are as follows :


Flutter

  • First Introduced by Google

  • Released in May 2017

  • It use "Dart Programming" Language for development

  • Flutter uses BLOC - Business Logic Component Architecture

  • User Interface - It uses custom widgets to build the UI of the app

  • Documentation - Documentation of flutter is good, organized

  • Performance of flutter app is much faster than react native as it compiles the application using C/C++ library that makes the application closer to machine code

  • Testing - Flutter provides a very rich set of testing features for its applications

  • Community Support - It has less community support as compared to react native,, but it is now growing very faster.

  • Hot Reload - Supported

  • 81200 Stars on GitHub (As of Dec 2019)

  • Industry who adopts Flutter - Google, Hamilton, Reflectly, Xianyu


React Native

  • First Introduced by Facebook

  • Released in June 2015

  • It use "JavaScript" Language for development

  • Flutter uses Flux & Redux Architecture

  • User Interface - It uses native UI Controller to create User Interface (UI) of an application.

  • Documentation - Documentation of react native is disorganized

  • Performance of react native app is much slower as compared to flutter application.

  • Testing - Flutter provides a very rich set of testing features for its applications

  • Community Support - It has wider community support

  • Hot Reload - Supported

  • 82200 Stars on GitHub (As of Dec 2019)

  • Industry who adopts Flutter - Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Skype

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