// From Mark

A Tale of Two Projects

As I've been trying to keep in touch with the Flutter job market lately, I came across something that I found interesting with two companies doing mobile app development.

The first company has been using React Native in their mobile app, but now appears to be parting ways with RN and moving toward a pure native approach. The intent seems to be to support Android and iOS using separate teams and projects.

The second company, which competes in a similar business space, has been developing for Android and iOS natively, and is now looking to combine their mobile efforts into a single code base, using Flutter.

Since I don't know how these decisions were reached in either company, I can't be sure what led one to move away from RN to pure native, and the other to move from pure native to Flutter. Is it possible that in the first company's case, they had simply hit so many RN "edge cases" in working around platform differences that the code was naturally forking anyway, and they thought they'd be better off going full native?

I really don't know the answer to this question, but what I do know is that I still remain impressed with Flutter, and I'm happy to see that the second company here seems to agree. After working with Flutter in developing my own apps for more than two years now, I'm still happy with my choice. I LOVE that by taking over the painting of every pixel on the screen, Flutter insulates me from the whims of the OS designers, rather than bringing them to the forefront, as that "bridge" to native UI elements from RN seems prone to do.

I know I'm biased here, but that bias comes from experience with actually working with Flutter for a while now. So to the second company, I say "Welcome to the world of Flutter!"

I don't think you'll regret the move.

This wasn't a "big news" week for Flutter, so this week's issue is something of a grab bag. I hope you'll appreciate some of the items which caught my eye.


Mark Winters

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