flutter_bloc_list_manager 0.4.0

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Extension to flutter_bloc that handles the underlying logic to filter and search list view data dynamically.

Flutter Bloc List Manager #

Pub style: effective dart License: MIT

A Flutter package built on top of flutter_bloc that makes it easy to manage filtering and searching a list of items while allowing you to concentrate on building your UI.

Read more about the implementation and about adding boolean filtering support.

Widgets #

ListManager Widget #

The ListManager widget is the entry-point to accessing the blocs provided by this package. There is no need to manually create any of the other blocs this package provides, they are all available from the build context underneath the ListManager widget.

ListManager should be established with:

Types

  • I - the item class holding the data for the list
  • T - the state containing the loaded items
  • B - the bloc that contains the above state

Parameters

  • filterProperties - properties that exist on your item class I that should be used to generate filter conditions
  • searchProperties - properties that exist on your item class I that should be used to run search queries against
  • child - the widget to be rendered by the ListManager, which will have access to the remaining blocs

Example

BlocProvider<SourceBloc>(
  create: (_) => SourceBloc(),
  child: ListManager<ItemClass, SourceLoaded, SourceBloc>(
    filterProperties: ['property1'],
    searchProperties: ['property2'],
    child: Column(
      children: [
        BlocBuilder<FilterConditionsBloc, FilterConditionsState>(
          builder: (context, state) {
            return Text('Render filter conditions UI.');
          },
        ),
        BlocBuilder<SearchQueryCubit, String>(
          builder: (context, state) {
            return Text('Render Search UI.');
          },
        ),
        BlocBuilder<ItemListBloc, ItemListState>(
          builder: (context, state) {
            return Text('Render list UI.');
          },
        ),
      ],
    ),
  ),
)

FilterConditionsBloc #

State from FilterConditionsBloc is used to render your filtering UI. Filter conditions will be updated whenever the source bloc is updated.

String values are treated normally.

Boolean values are treated a little differently. If a boolean value is requested to be used as a filterCondition, display-friendly True and False conditions will automatically be added for you.

Example

BlocBuilder<FilterConditionsBloc, FilterConditionsState>(
  builder: (_, state) {
    if (state is ConditionsInitialized) {
      return ListView.builder(
        itemCount: state.availableConditions.length,
        itemBuilder: (_, index) {
          final condition = state.availableConditions.entries.elementAt(index);
          return Column(
            children: [
              Text(condition.key),
              ...condition.value.map(
                (value) => Text(value),
              ),
            ],
          ),
        },
      );
    }

    return CircularProgressIndicator();
  },
)

Dispatching events

Events can be dispatched against the FilterConditionsBloc to add/remove active property/value condition pairs. Whenever the source bloc is updated, active conditions that no longer apply are automatically removed.

Example

context.bloc<FilterConditionsBloc>().add(AddCondition(
  property: 'property',
  value: 'value',
));

context.bloc<FilterConditionsBloc>().add(RemoveCondition(
  property: 'property',
  value: 'value',
));

Note: If you want to manually toggle a boolean condition (i.e. not via constructing UI from the availableConditions), you would want to use AddCondition('booleanProperty', 'True') or AddCondition('booleanProperty', 'False') as those are the underlying display values.

Filter modes

You can choose to override the default filter mode when adding a specific condition for filtering. Perhaps you'd like the main filtering UI to be additive, but you would like to add a global toggle to add and remove a subtractive filter condition into the mix.

Example

context.bloc<FilterConditionsBloc>().add(AddCondition(
  property: 'property',
  value: 'value',
  mode: FilterMode.and,
));

SearchQueryCubit #

The simplest cubit of the bunch, the SearchQueryCubit is solely responsible for setting or clearing the search query that drives list searching.

Example

context.bloc<SearchQueryCubit>().setQuery('query');
context.bloc<SearchQueryCubit>().clearQuery();

ItemListBloc #

ItemListBloc is responsible for connecting all of the other blocs, performing the actual filtering and searching, and providing state in order to render your list UI. There is never a reason to dispatch events to this bloc.

Note on filter modes Without a much more sophisticated means to assemble filter queries, there is no current way to support compound filtering: i.e. (Condition 1 AND Condition 2) OR (Condition 3 AND Condition 4) or priority scenarios: i.e. the difference between (Condition 1 OR Condition 2 OR Condition 3) AND Condition 4 and Condition 4 AND (Condition 1 OR Condition 2 OR Condition 3). As such, we've chosen to implement filtering such that additive (or) conditions are matched first and subtractive (and) conditions are matched last.

Practically, what does this mean?

Your list of items will first be filtered such that every item matching any single or condition is sent through. The resulting list will then be filtered such that every item matching all and conditions are sent through. The and conditions technically refine the resulting list and the or conditions generate the first pass of the list that should be refined.

Example

BlocBuilder<ItemListBloc, ItemListState>(
  builder: (_, state) {
    if (state is NoSourceItems) {
      return Text('No source items');
    }

    if (state is ItemEmptyState) {
      return Text('No matching results');
    }

    if (state is ItemResults<ItemClass>) {
      return ListView(
        children: state.items
            .map(
              (item) => ListTile(
                key: ValueKey(item.id),
                title: Text(item.name),
              ),
            )
            .toList(),
      );
    }

    return Container();
  },
)

Data classes #

There are a few setup pieces that are required in order to properly manage the data in your list.

ItemClassWithAccessor #

Flutter cannot use the dart mirroring packages, so the class used to store individual items in the list must have a prop accessor for any data that needs to be accessed dynamically (either by filtering or searching). The item class will generally also extend equatable as it will be used as part of your source bloc state.

class ItemClass extends Equatable implements ItemClassWithAccessor {
  final String id;
  final String name;

  const ItemClass({
    this.id,
    this.name,
  });

  dynamic operator [](String prop) {
    switch (prop) {
      case 'id':
        return id;
        break;
      case 'name':
        return name;
        break;
      default:
        throw ArgumentError(
          'Property `$prop` does not exist on ItemClass.',
        );
    }
  }

  @override
  List<Object> get props => [id, name];
}

ItemSourceState #

You are free to manage your source bloc however you see fit. The only requirement in order to instantiate a ListManager is that one of the states of your source bloc must implement ItemSourceState. This allows blocs in this package to know when source items are actually flowing through your source bloc.

Example

class SourceLoaded extends SourceBlocState implements ItemSourceState<ItemClass> {
  final items;

  const SourceLoaded(this.items);

  @override
  List<Object> get props => [items];
}

Upcoming improvements #

  • Pluggable search callback (allowing integration of fuzzy search)
  • Conditional instantiation of the SearchQueryCubit
  • Integrating opinionated pre-composed UI widgets
  • Potentially moving away from the source bloc concept and requiring a repository instead

Examples #

Basic UI implementing all of the above blocs

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Extension to flutter_bloc that handles the underlying logic to filter and search list view data dynamically.

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Uploader

dana.hartweg@gmail.com

License

MIT (LICENSE)

Dependencies

bloc, equatable, flutter, flutter_bloc, meta

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