The mobile application development achieved realms of our wildest dreams. Today, with billions of smartphones in the world and over 99% of them running iOS or Android, it becomes crucial for developers to target both of these platforms for reaching more users. Moreover, doing that is far from being easy due to some reasons.
However, cross-platform, being the most trending framework of the modern time enables the developers to write a single codebase and apply it across multiple platforms. Sharing the code not only saves both time and money but also provide business owners with the acumen to choose the right tool that can best support them in achieving their goals.
There is a multitude of tools in the cross-platform solutions marketplace including Xamarin, React Native, Kotlin Native, Cordova/PhoneGap/Titanium, Ionic2, Unity and more.
Let’s have a look at how Xamarin, one of the most popular and established solutions on the market is a competitive player to the newly added framework to the kitty Google’s Flutter.
Xamarin, being one of the oldest cross-platform frameworks is mainly used in enterprise environments with plenty of success stories over the years. Whereas, Flutter had heavy promotions by Google since I/O 2017 with excellent success in establishing a footprint in the development community due to its novel approach and intriguing tech stack.
Here are a few more reasons which can make you use Flutter over Xamarin:
1) Flutter uses Dart, a robust, object-oriented language having several useful features like mixins, isolates, generics, and optional static types.
2) Flutter comes with own UI components and an engine, which help to render these components on both the Android and iOS platforms.
3) Most of the UI components also conform to the Material Design guidelines, right out of the box.
4) Flutter allows developing apps using IntelliJ IDEA, an IDE which is very similar to Android Studio.
On the other hand, though Xamarin is open source, it is developed behind closed doors and lacks receiving much external input on the code. Also, it has not achieved great acclamation regarding tooling, stability, and performance among the mobile developers though.Net enterprise developers seem happy with Xamarin. Moreover, there are no roadmaps available publicly for Xamarin or Android/iOS. However, there is one for Xamarin. Forms and reflects well on exhaustive documentation.
When it comes to testing, Flutter being a new framework and backed by Dart has an excellent unit testing framework. Flutter also provides you with an attractive option for testing widgets on a headless runtime or unit test speeds.
The many success stories of Xamarin show thatXamarin cross-platform mobile application development
can prove exceptional and useful in tackling specific problems. There are instances of Xamarin when a robust team working on a low complexity project does not require reaching outside the “safe space” determined by the framework boundaries in the form of hardware-driven features, native APIs or third-party libraries.