Feb 10, 2023
I think many of you familiar with latest trends on no-code and low-code technologies which may help to make your development faster and more affordable. Some people love it for ease of maintenance. Still, the main boom of these technologies went on 2020–2021, when Flutterflow was born as well.
In the last article I mentioned that Flutter was build by Google, mostly to promote Firebase (which is another part of the story). In general, Flutter is a free-to-use, open-source UI software development kit, used to develop cross-platform applications for mobile, web, and desktop, from a single codebase.
So the next step of the evolution was pretty obvious (at least from current stand point) . Two ex-Goggle engineers create a low-code tool to make the development even simpler with usual drag-n-drop functionality.
What is so good about Flutterflow?
If you would go to ChatGPT and ask him this question, it will answer you with:
User-friendly interface: Flutterflow has a user-friendly interface that makes it easier for developers to create and manage their projects.
High performance: Flutterflow is built on the Flutter framework, which is known for its high performance.
Cross-platform compatibility: FlutterFlow allows developers to create apps that can run on multiple platforms, including Android, iOS, and the web.
Large community: Flutterflow has a large and active community of developers who are constantly working on improving the framework.
Affordable pricing: Flutterflow is a relatively new framework, and as such, it is offered at an affordable price.
Non-locked in system: whenever you want to turn your application to the proper Custom code solution, you won’t need to re-write application code completely but only get it as a Flutter code
This won’t be enough to explain all the benefits, so let me give you a little more:
Essentially, Flutterflow is a visual app builder for the Flutter framework. Flutter uses Dart code as its programming language. One of the main benefits is the possibility of compiling this code into different platforms without any difficulties, compilers, or other software.
What we get in the box is a drag-and-drop interface based on Dart code, with which you can create an application in a matter of days instead of months
Difference with other no-code & low-code tools
People who know about no-code even a little have heard of Bubble. During my career, I spent half of my time working on Bubble applications. Nevertheless, Bubble has some areas where it will be a great fit, even for me.
Bubble is a great choice if you need to develop a Web application quickly and test it for a month or two. If you want to develop a complex application, which is not a proof of concept, you need to consider something else.
The same goes for Adalo. Mobile apps can be tested quickly, but if you want to add more functionality and move forward, you may need to start from scratch.
Neither of these platforms allows you to create a truly native mobile application. Taking performance issues into account, the application will be a web browser page that acts like an application, but it won’t work offline and won’t provide push notifications.
Bubble cannot handle a large number of users simultaneously, since this significant workload causes lags and requires changing pricing plans to accommodate larger servers. Eventually, you’ll need a dedicated server and keep the application as a front-end only.
Using Bubble for Webhooks or APIs could create additional challenges, which you wouldn’t have to deal with in React.js or Flutter (which makes it much easier in Flutterflow).
To scale the product, you will need to throw away your Bubble application and start over with React or Flutter. Only the database will be saved, and you won’t be able to access your Bubble code.
What is so good with Flutterflow at the end?
By using Flutterflow, you can create apps quickly as well as make them scalable. With the right agency, you can get the same price as Bubble development and have the same development speed.
At the same time you will have 3 great advantages:
Native Mobile Application: With Flutterflow, you can create native mobile applications with offline functionality and push notifications
Get the code: With Flutterflow you can download the code on Flutter and keep development on Custom code
Affordable price & great performance: Combining Flutterflow with Firebase + Hetzner.com (or any other server) will be much cheaper than Bubble plans and give even better performance.
Flutterflow is a great option if you are only interested in mobile applications. Creating a mobile + web app with Flutterflow could be a great option, but I advise you to explore Flutterflow + React.js/Flutter.dev to get even better performance.
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