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DhiWise vs. FlutterFlow: Why to Rely on the Former for your Composite App Development Needs?

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November 9, 2021
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It’s raining applications and with startups increasingly focusing on online exposure, it isn’t going to stop, anytime soon. But most organizations looking to develop a fully functional app find themselves in a catch 22 situation, with speed often interfering with the app quality and subsequent scalability.

There is no denying the fact that app building platforms like FlutterFlow have made life a lot easier for the startups and even SMEs, by letting them launch apps faster than a heartbeat. But is speed the only thing that matters out there? We disagree as nothing precedes the app quality and its ability to integrate newer features, as and when they come.

This is where DhiWise aims at changing the odds in favor of new and even seasoned app developers by bringing one important thing back into this ready-to-use realm. And that important component is ‘Inclusivity’. With DhiWise you still get to build your application within minutes whilst staying connected with code, throughout. And this is where DhiWise scales beyond some of the more fluttering and upscale app development platforms in the existing space.

For now, we shall be pitting DhiWise against FlutterFlow, which is also one of the more sought-after development platforms in the modern era.

NoCode to ProCode: It’s time to make the Big Change

Before we jump into the contrasts, it is important to figure out how FlutterFlow operates. Well, using FlutterFlow to create native apps is straightforward. You simply choose the UI elements, drag & drop the concerned ones, select 3rd party integrations, manage authentications, and get the MVP out in almost no time. But be aware that the GUI-powered setup is code-free and doesn’t allow you to get access to the boilerplate functions and utilities, which might restrict your journey beyond the MVP.

But if you rely on DhiWise, you do not have to enter yet another NoCode space. Instead, you move to a ProCode arena that offers the best of both worlds, i.e. a GUI-powered app development platform and the concurrent code availability to scale the app, as preferred.

Still unsure about making the shift. Here are pointers that help DhiWise edge past FlutterFlow, by a significant margin:

1. App Framework

While it has been made obvious by the name, FlutterFlow has Flutter as the existing app development framework. Although Flutter is still one of the better technologies for app development with its increased TTM speeds, hybrid support, and an eye for the best looking layouts, it can often be restrictive to rely just on Flutter to get all kinds of business-specific apps ready.

FlutterFlow lets you develop quick apps but often at the expense of lightness, browser-compatibility, and app speed.  And yes, for apps that require a dedicated backend, there is Firebase support. Sounds impressive, right!

Well do not jump the gun unless you have met DhiWise. DhiWise lets you choose the technology stack of choice, with some of the available options being Node.js for a strong backend support, Kotlin as the base for native android app builder, Swift-based iOS builder, Laravel for browser-friendly web apps, React for select frontend UIs, and even Flutter for cross-platform app development.

With so much to choose from, you need not restrict yourself to a cursory development tech that restricts quite a few native functionalities.

2. User Experience

As a business owner, you would want the application to offer the best possible user experience. FlutterFlow deploys every feather in Flutter’s cap to make that possible. However, DhiWise lets you build native apps way better courtesy of the handpicked, platform-specific technologies in play, like Swift for iOS, Laravel for web apps, and more.

Therefore, apps created using DhiWise native app builders are way more responsive and blazing fast. And trust us, apps with complex logic require every native functionality there is as building them on a GUI-based hybrid platform takes more time, effort, and precision, and still doesn’t match up to the native resources.

3. Code Quality

FlutterFlow builds some great-looking apps, but without you getting the code access. Well, for some it might be a good way to reduce clutter, but having the code handy is important if you want the app to last you the distance.

Every resource and API integration offered by FlutterFlow is simply drag-and-drop, which hardly caters to the more seasoned developers who prefer control over these processes. And, even if you go out of the way and opt for FlutterFlow’s standard plan that lets you download the code, it isn’t exhaustive enough and scaling still needs developers to work on the boilerplate code, rather extensively.

DhiWise, regardless of the app or technology you choose, gets the code ready for you in an instant. And once the app is deployed once, you can download the code and use it across IDEs to make work on the schemas and other boilerplate utilities.

4. Scalability

Once you have created an application on FlutterFlow, adding complex logic and processes can get overwhelming, as there isn’t a workflow builder in play. Plus, if you want to make major changes to the application, you might very well create it from scratch.

But then, things work differently at DhiWise. DhiWise has product flavors in play that allow you to make important changes to the application without relaunching the application. And most importantly, there is a drag-and-drop workflow builder in play that lets you add conditionalities to the app and source code, thereby making the application more inclusive.

5. Biometric Authentication

As far as Authentication support is concerned, FlutterFlow tries to bring its A-Game to the app development arena, with Google, Facebook, Phone, and Apple ID functionality integrated within. While DhiWise for now brings Facebook and Google social auth support into the mix for, the main spectacle has to be the Biometric support, allowing you to build apps for devices with fingerprint scanners and Face Login functionalities in place.

6. Design-Specific Flexibility

Have you ever used Figma for creating ready-to-use UI layouts? If you have, it is obvious that you would find FlutterFlow useful as it even allows you to prototype the design elements as a complete project. But that’s where the functionalities end or approach the culmination. FlutterFlow is a design-specific platform that only focuses on the front-end of the app.

DhiWise, on the other hand, lets you go one step ahead by letting you migrate designs from Adobe XD, Sketch, and Figma. And, if you want to reduce the workload, Figma even lets you create and migrate prototypes directly to the DhiWise interface.

7. Flexibility

Even though FlutterFlow lets you in on a wide range of pre-existing elements, widgets, and view components, the categorization of the components are kind of fixed once implemented. DhiWise, on the other hand, lets you use ‘View Conversions’ to ensure that every UI component works as desired. This functionality comes in handy if you feel that some of your Figma-inspired elements have been wrongly tagged and you need to change them.

This feature makes DhiWise a lot more personalized and lets you create bespoke and curated applications.

Wait, there is more!!!

In addition to the mentioned aspects which validate the more granular resourcefulness of DhiWise, it is also important to mention some of the other factors, including DhiWise’s ability to let you connect local databases via model and REST API integrations. And yes, this doesn’t count the Firebase integration that is common for both DhiWise and FlutterFlow.

And in addition to all that, DhiWise lets you sync the code repositories to both GitHub and GitLab, as compared to FlutterFlow’s fixation towards GitHub.

Wrap-Up

FlutterFlow has quickly moved up the popularity charts, courtesy of the interactive UI/UI functionalities, affinity towards a single codebase, courtesy of the Flutter platform, and the ability to incorporate several nifty app-specific functionalities. However, DhiWise might just be the next big thing in the app development circuit as it offers almost everything that FlutterFlow takes pride in, and a lot, lot more, especially when the choice of tech stacks is concerned.

And with DhiWise, you, as developer or a CTO, are always in complete control of the app as the downloadable code is of the highest quality and the GUI-based interface is flexible, allowing you to make changes, as and when required.