Flutter 101 Podcast
Flutter Development Experience with Chris Sells
Chris Sells is a Senior Product Manager at Google on Flutter. Chris is responsible for the end-to-end development experience, as well as tooling, the package ecosystem, and the desktop platform support. We talked about all that!
Chris Sells is a Senior Product Manager at Google on Flutter. Chris is responsible for the end-to-end development experience, as well as tooling, the package ecosystem, and the desktop platform support.
Flutter on the desktop is getting more popular day every day, though it is (unsurprisingly) behind mobile and web in popularity. Flutter's desktop support allows you to compile Flutter source code to a native Windows, macOS, or Linux desktop app.
We also talked about the Flutter Favorite program: The aim of the Flutter Favorite program is to identify packages and plugins that you should first consider when building your app. Chris explained what metrics they consider, how the Flutter Ecosystem Committee works, and the quality standards that a Flutter Favorite package has to pass.
The outstanding Flutter development experience also relies on the community. Chris highlighted various projects, including detective.dev, Codemagic's improved desktop features, and FlutterFlow.
Chris also shared what his typical day as a Product Manager is like, how usability studies work, and how different packages' ergonomics can be evaluated.
Guest: Chris Sells
Host: Vince Varga
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- Null Safety with Randal Schwartz (Episode 8): We talked to Randal Schwartz, GDE for Flutter and Dart, about null safety in Dart and we received a couple of tips for migrating to null safety.
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- Flutter Medium: Follow Flutter's Medium for updates and interesting blog posts.
- Flutter Favorite Program (Flutter Docs): The aim of the Flutter Favorite program is to identify packages and plugins that you should first consider when building your app.
- Desktop support for Flutter (Flutter Docs): Desktop support allows you to compile Flutter source code to a native Windows, macOS, or Linux desktop app.
- Kevin Moore (Google IO, YouTube): Building platform adaptive apps: Flutter now supports six platforms across mobile, desktop, and the web. Learn best practices for making your application feel at home on each of these platforms while also maximizing code reuse.
- Building adaptive apps (Flutter Docs): Flutter provides new opportunities to build apps that can run on mobile, desktop, and the web from a single codebase. [...] You want your app to feel familiar to users, adapting to each platform by maximizing usability and ensuring a comfortable and seamless experience.
- Flutter Favorite packages on pub.dev: You can see the complete list of Flutter Favorite packages on pub.dev.
- FlutterFlow: Build Flutter Apps Effortlessly. Building mobile applications has never been easier.
- Detective (detective.dev): Real-time state inspection and more to solve the mysteries in your Flutter app in record time.
- Codemagic: CI/CD for mobile that matches your needs.
- Flutter macOS desktop publishing with Codemagic: With Codemagic, you can easily get a head start and publish your applications to the macOS App Store!
- github.com/flutter/uxr: Flutter User Experience Research
- Flutter routing packages usability research report (PDF): ... We formed a small research team to investigate the proposed community solutions and evaluate whether to recommend one of them to our users or, at least, provide guidance about how to choose a routing API.
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