While hive allows you to save arbitrary objects to memory, you still need to worry about fetching data if necessary. Usually, when fetching data from a server, every item has a unique id. Data items which have an Id are called Entitys in this package. Both Ids and Entitys are strongly typed:

@HiveType(typeId: 0)
class Fruit implements Entity<Fruit> {
  @HiveField(fieldId: 0)
  final Id<Fruit> id;
  
  @HiveField(fieldId: 1)
  final String name;

  @HiveField(fieldId: 2)
  final int amount;
}

Before doing anything, you should initialize the HiveCache. Instead of registering your TypeAdapters at Hive yourself, you can just register them at HiveCache, which does that for you. For Entity's, you should call registerEntityType instead of registerAdapter and provide a method that get executed whenever an Entity should be fetched:

await HiveCache.initialize();
HiveCache
  ..registerAdapter(SomeAdapter())
  ..registerEntityType(FruitAdapter(), (someId) => parse(await http.get('https://.../fruits/$someId')))
  ..registerEntityType(SomeOtherEntityAdapter(), (id) => ...);

Then, if you have an Id<Fruit>, you can simply use an EntityBuilder to build the Fruit:

final id = Id<Fruit>('some-fruit');

...

EntityBuilder<Fruit>(
  id: Id<Fruit>('some-fruit'),
  builder: (context, snapshot, fetch) {
    if (snapshot == null) {
      // Still loading.
      return Center(child: CircularProgressIndicator());
    } else if (snapshot.hasData) {
      // The snapshot contains data. It may be [null] if the fetch function
      // returned [null].
      return Text(snapshot.data);
    } else if (snapshot.hasError) {
      return Text('${snapshot.error}, ${snapshot.stackTrace}');
    }
    // Using [fetch], you can re-fetch data. By default, it only fetches from
    // the cache. Use `fetch(force: true);` to fetch from the original source.
  },
),

Live updating

You can call saveToCache() on any Entity to save it to the cache. All EntityBuilders that reference this Entity get automatically updated.

You can call loadFromCache() on any Id<T> to retrieve a Stream<T> of the entity. Whenever a new item gets saved to the cache, the Stream contains a new event with this item.

Lazy references

You can not only reference other Entitys by their Id or multiple Entitys by a List<Id>, but you can also have lazy fetching of other entities:

@HiveType(typeId: 1)
class Person implements Entity<Person> {
  @HiveField(fieldId: 0)
  final Id<Person> id;
  
  @HiveField(fieldId: 1)
  final String name;

  // Lazy reference to an entity.
  @HiveField(fieldId: 2)
  final mom = Connection<Person>(
    id: 'mom of $id',
    fetcher: () async => parse(await http.get('.../people?momOf=$id')),
  );

  // Lazy reference to multiple entities.
  @HiveField(fieldId: 3)
  final friends = Collection<Person>(
    id: 'friends of $id',
    fetcher: () async => parse(await http.get('.../people?friendsWith=$id')),
  );
}

You can use ConnectionBuilders or CollectionBuilders to build these Entitys similarly to how you would use an EntityBuilder. In the builder, you get the Id<T> or List<Id<T>> that the item references. If you want to get the actual Entity or List<Entity>, you can use the ConnectionBuilder.populated and CollectionBuilder.populated constructors.

Libraries

hive_cache