As a freelance developer or part of a tech team that will build a new app, the first question that comes to your mind is about your app’s language/technology. It is hard to choose between languages because once you decide and start building your mobile application , a wrong decision may cause a loss of time and money. This article will help you select a suitable language for your app.
Currently, four technologies are dominating the market Native (Swift for IOS and Java or Kotlin for Android), Flutter (developed by Google), React Native (acquired by Facebook), and Ionic (supported by MIT). As a developer who wants to learn a new language or a company, or an investor who wants to decide which technology or language to use, you need to compare some core competencies to reach a logical result.
You won’t base your decision on which technology is the best; you will base it on the efficiency, time, and money triangle. It’s not about which technology is the best; it’s about each technology’s speciality and how it fits in the one or more side of the efficiency, time, and money triangle.
1- Converting the code of any technology to a Mobile Application in your customers’ hands
Native Languages( Java/Kotlin for Android and Swift for IOS)
There is no coding process if you choose the Native languages or the original language of the mobile.
For Flutter, It depends on dart coding that can be easily converted to a binary code. It works on the mobile hardware directly, so the final result is close to Native programming efficiency with more prominent apps because the conversion process will not be 100% efficient.
2- Developer’s ability to write code and reuse it in various operating systems
Native Languages( Java/Kotlin for Android and Swift for IOS)
As a developer, if you chose the Native languages, then the reusing percentage is zero because each operating system has its language, and there is nothing common between them.
Flutter language is an excellent option in that case because some parts of the code are suitable for both operating systems. Yet, there are some parts that developers need to write for each system specifically.
If you chose the React Native language, it is another good option. However, there are some parts that you will write for each operating system compared to Flutter, particularly when it comes to screen programming. As previously agreed, in Flutter, only screen programming is converted to Native code. In addition to code conversion, the conversion system itself is less intelligent than Flutter programming.
What if you chose the Ionic language? The answer is perfect; as in that case, you will use web technology without any code conversion. The whole idea is the code’s consistency with the screen size, regardless of the type of the operating system, except in minimal cases.
So we can say that if your app’s code is native, it will need 1000 hours and two operating systems. With Flutter, you will need almost 600 hours, with react native 700 hours and ionic 550 hours.
3- Developer’s ability to learn code and use it in various operating systems
If you are using the native languages, then the percentage is zero. With Native, you deal with specific programming code for each operating system, and there is nothing common between them. As for Flutter, React Native, and Ionic, the percentage is 100% because you can easily manage the programming processes for the operating systems. The only obstacle will be the company’s financial resources, how much will your clients be able to pay.
4- To what extent is the used technology disseminated in the programming community, and to what extent do organizations support this technology
Native is the most common language in terms of spreading scale between developers, and many organizations support its technology. Flutter has been growing massively over the past two years, and it has been scaling worldwide, yet it is not that popular in the Middle East. As an organization, you will rarely find specialized professional developers in Flutter. But one year from now, we will reach global rates and have unprecedented support from big-sized companies like Google.
React Native technology is already in the market even before Flutter. One of its most essential features is that many organizations use this technology in their apps and many expert developers in the field, making the organization’s job more comfortable when it comes to finding or hiring a react native developer in your team. One other notable feature is that many organizations support React Native tech, making the developers’ job more manageable.
In 2016 – 2017, the Ionic language was massively growing worldwide and in the Middle East. And the company itself provided significant support, especially in readymade components, to use it for screen programming. This helped speed up the process during the implementation phase.
From an aspiring developer’s perspective, Flutter will be a significant asset to learn the mobile language. However, it is still relatively new, yet it will be the most commonly used language. Unlike Swift and React Native languages that most developers became exceedingly expert in the industry.
From companies’ and investor’s perspectives, finding a Flutter developer familiar with Native, React Native and Ionic programming is not an easy job because most developers in the Arab region are new to this programming language. This means that if the developers face any strange problem, they won’t find the support needed, and this won’t be the case if they use Native or React Native languages.
5- Which language is suitable for my Mobile Application ?
To answer this question, we will showcase the most common examples that fit every language best for your Mobile Application .
Example 1: An investor that studied all market perspectives and knows what he exactly wants, and he doesn’t want to try, and on top of that, his budget fits the project requirements. Here developers’ perfect choice is Native Language because they won’t need to save time or money. All they need here is only to take care of the Mobile Application ‘s quality.
Example 2: If a tech company has a small tech team and wants them to be a joint team between the web and mobile projects, the best choice is React Native. Because a multitask team that works on both web, and mobile technologies will enable you to manoeuvre them according to the required job.
Example 3: A company that wants a mobile app to manage their employees internally. In this case, Ionic will fit best because the company will develop a mobile app with a feasible quality in a short time at a reasonable cost. You will not need a high-quality app since it will be used internally.
Example 4: An app with high usage features such as live videos causes increased mobile hardware rams’ increased consumption. And as a developer, you must reach the highest efficiency as much as possible. However, if the allocated budget is lower than the required budget for the app, then the best alternative is Flutter. Flutter language will give you more or less the same result with minor differences.
Example 5: If you are building an e-commerce mobile application , you need to focus on UX and UI and the user’s ability to navigate the app quickly and easily without lagging. At a reasonable cost, use a React Native language because there won’t be extensive integrations with the mobile features. The entire app is built on data presentation and user interactions.
Example 6: A company or an investor with a Mobile Application idea that they want to build, but at the same time, they want the highest quality possible with the lowest cost. Here is a developer; you may choose between Flutter, React Native and Ionic languages; your choice depends on the Mobile Application capabilities, future advancement, and whether there was a market study for their idea or they need a cheap, fast change experiment the market.
In conclusion, each case has its own choice, and the project’s technical, financial, and delivery time circumstances will influence your decision.