Whereas we are now very well known about each and every single major and minor facts and figures of the Xamarin app development technology, where nowadays a new tech environment Flutter is trying to prove its worth in the tech world and the web app development industry. So, with the source of today’s post, we are going to get in an interesting discussion about every matched and mismatched thing between both the two tech environments.
Let’s start the comparison with the Introduction.
Xamarin Vs Flutter
They both are the highly recommended cross-platform app development environments, which generally works on the single code base towards the build-up of a multi-functional mobile application.
Xamarin is an Asp.Net technology-based framework, which was getting in the origin in the year 2011. The credit of the invention of the Xamarin Framework is going to the creative engineers of Mono, which is also a cross-platform stage for the implementation of Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android.
The most interesting fact about the Xamarin is that it is the first most framework which grants a facility for the creation of a cross-platform mobile application. After performing well for approx 5 years, later in 2016, Microsoft has taken over the Xamarin and then it becomes the part of Microsoft Visual Studio.
While on the opposite side, Flutter is a Google authorized project, which is awesomely promoted by them since 2017 with the strategic implementation of some heavy range promotion tricks. Likewise, Xamarin the Flutter tech stage also allows a developer to build a mobile application in the shortened time frame.
To get the in-depth comparison result between both the frameworks, we compare them in these terms.
- Programming Language
As Xamarin is the .NET based cross-platform app development framework, hence, it likes to work under the coding environment of c# language. It got more popularity globally in between the bunch of web app programmers and developers due to some of its cool features like portability, meta-programming, code re-use functionality, functional programming, etc.
While Flutter prefers to work under the Dart Programming language, which is also introduced by Google. Unlike Xamarin, Dart programming is not much popular in the group of developers. Nevertheless, as compared to the Xamarin, the programming syntax is much easy to understand, especially for the Java developers.
- Technical Architecture
Where Xamarin prefers the Mono app execution stage for both Android and iOS. While, in case of the execution of the iOS application, the mono prefers to run with the Objective-C and Unix Kernel, and similarly in case of Android, it prefers Android runtime on Linux and Kernel.
Likewise, on another side, the flutter platform uses the dart framework, which has a huge inbuilt library of code components, hence, as compared to the Xamarin, it is big in size and didn’t require a bridge to make connectivity with the native app development modules. The Dart has uses Skia C++ engine which has all the protocols, compositions, and channels for the development of a cross-platform app.
- Required Software and Installation
Usually, Xamarin loves to work on the software like Visual Studio IDE, and Xamarin SDK for iOS and macOS, and on the opposite side, the Flutter requires the installation of binary for a specific app deveop platform from Github. While in case of macOS you need to get and download the flutter.zip file and it as your Path variable.
- Learning Curve
As the Xamarin configuration is completely dependent on the Visual Studio and the Xamarin SDK and the developer who are already well familiar with the VS code base can get the quick running environment. The Xamarin frameworks require separate configuration for both Android and iOS, as Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android.
Well, the thing is going on to the Flutter, It needs a CLI tool called flutter doctor. Once it successfully installed and be able to run the command line, then we can move ahead with the development of a new flutter app.
- UI Component and the Development API
The Xamarin environment has a well-versed API document and awesomely supports multiple app development platforms like iOS, Android, Xamarin.Forms, macOS, and more, along with so many inbuilt modules which help the developers to build a wonderfull application.
While on the other hand, the flutter framework has come along with numerous rendering components, API Access, Navigation, Testing, and lots of libraries, which altogether ended up the use and requirement of any third party library. That simply means if you are working on the flutter framework than you have all the required material and core component for the app development.
- Developers Productivity
The Xamarin stage has several API and development modules, however, it majorly depends on VS IDE. Meanwhile, Xamarin requires an in-depth knowledge of C# programming and Oops coding concepts, and if an individual belongs from a non-MS Stack background, then they have to struggle a lot to develop a productive application.
Whereas on the opposite side, the flutter environment has a hot reload feature, hence, it makes it easy for the developers to get started with the demo app, though it has a heavy lack of support for its IDE’s and text editors.
After making a brief comparison in both the tech frameworks, we come to the conclusion that both the technology environments are works bit similarly but are based on different criteria. Thus this comparison will be helpful for you to select the best one as per your app development requirement. While to get in this selection process, keep in mind the thing that the Xamarin is one on the well versed oldest cross-platform app development framework, whereas on the opposite it is also a big truth that Flutter has entered in the industry with a strong nature and also gets success in receiving the amazing response from the developers community.