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Architectural Challenges: My Flutter Frankenstein

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The Bottom line: I really like Flutter. It has been extremely challenging at times, but the lessons learned from those challenges have been mostly fundamental and insightful. My first major challenge with Flutter came in October when I found I could not update multiple Flutter widgets from various 'reactive' sources using Flutter's Provider package. I got to a point in my app development where I just couldn't get the code to do what I needed it to do. Thus began an architectural journey... Scouring the web, I tried dozens of variations with every aspect of Flutter's  Provider package I could find information on. I came close to succeeding a couple times, but always, always hit a solid road block towards the end of each implementation. In the end, my entire codebase felt really... procedural (read, cluttered). I felt claustrophobic in my own code, and could not make heads or tails of all the different flows (and I've got plenty of Draw.io diagrams to show for

"Hello Suite"

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When completing a lengthy course on an interesting topic such as mobile app development via Flutter, the satisfaction of the certification at the end can be short-lived, as the real joy comes in the form of creating your own actual apps . Recommended course of action: "Just start building something . . . anything! " But what?! My First Flutter —and mobile— App (...Suite) In considering this was my first mobile app, chances were pretty good its code wouldn't be looking too spit-n-polished in the end, so I decided against going with my prized project. I craved to create something unique, and with dozens of smaller project ideas to choose from, I eventually determined to break from the flock of "Hello World" first-timer apps, and opted to face the challenge of creating a suite of apps, . . . as my first app. 😁 The suite's theme: Simple Reminders The suite actually began with the name 'KDC App Suite,' but it was soon changed to KD-reCall in an effort to

I got a Flutter Full Course Certification—Now what?!

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The Goal : Find a mutually-accommodating position working on productive solutions involving mobile apps built with Flutter or JavaScript-based web interfaces before the end of the year. The Plan : → Phase I :  Begin learning mobile app development via Flutter. Complete. Yay! đŸ„ˆ → Phase II :  Focus on a solid project to continue to broaden and strengthen Flutter knowledge. 98% complete. This is what my next few posts will cover. ✍ → Phase III :  Interview prep and job search. Although I am one of those developers who is more comfortable discussing code while coding, I aim to learn how to discuss code without context as well (i.e., "Define the 'spread operator'"). 🧐