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Discussion on: React Native vs Flutter — What to Choose in 2021?

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Craig Oda

Thanks for the note about TypeScript. In our usage, I don't think we could align wider groups behind TypeScript instead of JavaScript, simply because everyone knows JavaScript and everyone is busy (or feels they are busy) and are resistant to moving off of standard JS. :-)

The reality of our situation is that we're showing proof-of-concept and MVP with Flutter. For production, people we interact with are using native iOS and Android. This usually means Objective C and Java, not Swift or Kotlin. The reason for the use of older technology is primarily one of skillset. There's usually something that's already built, likely several years ago that new functionality needs to plug into.

Because of that, the prototyping team I work with uses Flutter/Dart to show a specific technique or group of techniques. Then, the techniques are sometimes implemented on native iOS or Android by other groups.

At the moment, we're not trying to get other groups to use Flutter. We're just building in Flutter ourselves and sharing the algorithm or technique with other groups. At the moment, I suspect that among the groups we interact with, no one is deploying with Flutter. This is fine as we're responsible for prototyping and feature showcasing, not for the actual production apps.

For our purposes, Flutter works out fine.

We initially started off with React, but the integration of Flutter with Material Design and the tools made it easier for us to develop consistent themes and widgets. For our purposes, the look and performance of the mobile apps is important.