Flutter Development Trends in 2021: Real-time Collaboration

The world is running online now. The industry of software development isn’t an exception.
Desktop IDEs and editors add new tools & features to speed up and improve the development process. And definitely, real-time collaboration is one of those features.
The real-time collaboration will be helpful in such situations:

  • you’re working on some project as a part of a team;
  • you have troubles with some bugs and need help;
  • you need to consult with a colleague about your solution;
  • you need someone from the tech team to fix something during/before demo or presentation;
  • you need to perform remote code review;
  • you want to interview a new developer;
    We’ll look only at IDEs and editors that support Flutter AND real-time online collaboration.

IntelliJ IDEA (desktop IDE)
Until recently, IntelliJ IDEA offered to install a couple of plugins for collaboration. For example:
GitLive
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CodeTogether
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However, at the end of 2020, JetBrains is planning to release its solution for real-time collaboration called “Code With Me”. All you have to do to get started is download the latest available version of JetBrains IDE and install the “Code With Me” plugin from the marketplace.
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Visual Studio Code (desktop editor)
Microsoft launched “Live Share” to compete in the segment of online collaboration. You can download the Live Share Extension Pack extension for Visual Studio Code at their marketplace.
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This extension pack includes everything you need to start collaborative editing and debugging in real-time, including integrated audio and text chat.
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AWS Cloud9 (online IDE)
In the AWS Cloud9 Integrated Development Environment, Dart language is supported for code editing only.
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To access the pair programming functionality, click a “Share” button in the upper right corner of the IDE or select it from the menu.
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FlutLab (online IDE)
FlutLab was launched in April 2020. This IDE is created for Flutter developers. It’s very easy to share projects and co-work inside FlutLab. The whole team can work on the same project at the same time there.
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Programmers can use a chat too.
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FlutLab provides the ability of real-time collaboration, remote code reviews, interactive lectures, and much more for you and your team (or classroom) without any additional installations.

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Google's Flutter 1.20 stable announced with new features - Navoki

Flutter Google cross-platform UI framework has released a new version 1.20 stable.

Flutter is Google’s UI framework to make apps for Android, iOS, Web, Windows, Mac, Linux, and Fuchsia OS. Since the last 2 years, the flutter Framework has already achieved popularity among mobile developers to develop Android and iOS apps. In the last few releases, Flutter also added the support of making web applications and desktop applications.

Last month they introduced the support of the Linux desktop app that can be distributed through Canonical Snap Store(Snapcraft), this enables the developers to publish there Linux desktop app for their users and publish on Snap Store.  If you want to learn how to Publish Flutter Desktop app in Snap Store that here is the tutorial.

Flutter 1.20 Framework is built on Google’s made Dart programming language that is a cross-platform language providing native performance, new UI widgets, and other more features for the developer usage.

Here are the few key points of this release:

Performance improvements for Flutter and Dart

In this release, they have got multiple performance improvements in the Dart language itself. A new improvement is to reduce the app size in the release versions of the app. Another performance improvement is to reduce junk in the display of app animation by using the warm-up phase.

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If your app is junk information during the first run then the Skia Shading Language shader provides for pre-compilation as part of your app’s build. This can speed it up by more than 2x.

Added a better support of mouse cursors for web and desktop flutter app,. Now many widgets will show cursor on top of them or you can specify the type of supported cursor you want.

Autofill for mobile text fields

Autofill was already supported in native applications now its been added to the Flutter SDK. Now prefilled information stored by your OS can be used for autofill in the application. This feature will be available soon on the flutter web.

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A new widget for interaction

InteractiveViewer is a new widget design for common interactions in your app like pan, zoom drag and drop for resizing the widget. Informations on this you can check more on this API documentation where you can try this widget on the DartPad. In this release, drag-drop has more features added like you can know precisely where the drop happened and get the position.

Updated Material Slider, RangeSlider, TimePicker, and DatePicker

In this new release, there are many pre-existing widgets that were updated to match the latest material guidelines, these updates include better interaction with Slider and RangeSliderDatePicker with support for date range and time picker with the new style.

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New pubspec.yaml format

Other than these widget updates there is some update within the project also like in pubspec.yaml file format. If you are a flutter plugin publisher then your old pubspec.yaml  is no longer supported to publish a plugin as the older format does not specify for which platform plugin you are making. All existing plugin will continue to work with flutter apps but you should make a plugin update as soon as possible.

Preview of embedded Dart DevTools in Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio code flutter extension got an update in this release. You get a preview of new features where you can analyze that Dev tools in your coding workspace. Enable this feature in your vs code by _dart.previewEmbeddedDevTools_setting. Dart DevTools menu you can choose your favorite page embed on your code workspace.

Network tracking

The updated the Dev tools comes with the network page that enables network profiling. You can track the timings and other information like status and content type of your** network calls** within your app. You can also monitor gRPC traffic.

Generate type-safe platform channels for platform interop

Pigeon is a command-line tool that will generate types of safe platform channels without adding additional dependencies. With this instead of manually matching method strings on platform channel and serializing arguments, you can invoke native class and pass nonprimitive data objects by directly calling the Dartmethod.

There is still a long list of updates in the new version of Flutter 1.2 that we cannot cover in this blog. You can get more details you can visit the official site to know more. Also, you can subscribe to the Navoki newsletter to get updates on these features and upcoming new updates and lessons. In upcoming new versions, we might see more new features and improvements.

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