React Native VS Flutter
With the increasing trend of adopting cross-platform frameworks for mobile app development developers are being offered with numerous options to choose from. Flutter and react-native are few important options in this category.
Though both frameworks have their pros and cons thus choosing one of them depends on use and business needs. To compare both we first need to understand both the frameworks in detail.
Flutter is a project which was started by Google in 2017 and is an open-source cross-platform that allows developers to build attractive and durable applications for mobile, web and desktop using a single codebase.
After understanding both the frameworks we will compare these based on the following points:
- Installation and setup: The React Native framework can be installed by making use of the npm package manager with a simple one-line statement. But one needs to have Node.js and the npm package manager previously installed. Asides the framework, other device-specific tools are also needed for development, like the Android SDK and the JDK.
Whereas to install the Flutter framework, you need to visit the website and download the zipped folder, which is then to be extracted into the desired location. After this, you have to manually add the folder to the PATH variable.
Installation and setup are more complicated in a flutter as compared to React Native’s one-line install command.
- UI Components: Flutter makes use of it's a visual, structural, platform, and interactive widgets. These widgets are built-in UI components that replace native components.
Native, on the other hand, is based more on the native components both for Android and iOS.
- Community support: React Native has been around for almost four years now with developers around the world gradually adopting it.
Flutter on the other hand might not have a community as large as that of React Native due to its recent creation, but it is rapidly being adopted by developers globally.
Conclusion: React Native and Flutter both have their advantages and disadvantages but Flutter came out as the winner after this comparison. Experts predict that flutter will emerge as a strong contender in cross-platform frameworks race and can beat frameworks that are ruling the industry since inception.
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