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Drop-in replacement for SliverList and ListView that can handle large lists with variable extents and jump/animate to specific items.

SliverList and ListView - Supercharged #

See the live example of SuperSliverList.

SuperSliverList and SuperListView are drop in replacement widgets for SliverList and ListView with greatly improved performance and additional features:

Fast scrolling with large amount of items with variable extents

SliverList performance degrades heavily when quickly scrolling through a large amount of items with different extents, requiring workarounds such as using FixedExtentSliverList or prototype items. SuperSliverList uses different layout algorithm and can handle virtually unlimited number of items with variable extents without any slow-downs.

Ability to jump or animate to specific item

SliverList does not provide any way to jump or animate a particular index. There is a scrollable_positioned_list package that provides this functionality, but it comes at a cost, as it requires custom scroll view, does not seem to work properly with Scrollbars, can't be used with with other slivers (such as sticky headers) and ultimately is backed by a SliverList so it has the same performance issues as mentioned above.

SuperSliverList provides a way to reliably jump and animate to a specific item, even if the item is outside of the viewport and has not been built or laid out yet.

Smooth and predictable scrollbar behavior

SliverList is quite prone to scrollbar erraticaly jumping around when scrolling through a list of items with different extents. With SuperSliverList the scrollbar should behave more predictably. See the Advanced section for more details.

Basic Usage #

SuperListView is a drop-in replacement for ListView, and as such you can use it same way you'd use ListView:

SuperListView.builder(
  itemCount: 1000,
  itemBuilder: (context, index) {
    return ListTile(title: Text('Item $index'));
  },
)

SuperSliverList is a drop-in replacement for SliverList and should work with any CustomScrollView configuration:

CustomScrollView(
  slivers: <Widget>[
    SliverPadding(
      padding: const EdgeInsets.all(20.0),
      sliver: SuperSliverList(
        delegate: SliverChildListDelegate(
          <Widget>[
            const Text("I'm dedicating every day to you"),
            const Text('Domestic life was never quite my style'),
            const Text('When you smile, you knock me out, I fall apart'),
            const Text('And I thought I was so smart'),
          ],
        ),
      ),
    ),
  ],
)

Jumping and animating to specific item #

ListController can be provided to SuperSliverList/SuperListView and used to jump or animate to specific item:

class _MyState extends State<MyWidget> {
  final _listController = ListController();
  final _scrollController = ScrollController();

  @override
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return SuperListView.builder(
      listController: _listController,
      controller: _scrollController,
      itemCount: 1000,
      itemBuilder: (context, index) {
        return ListTile(title: Text('Item $index'));
      },
    );
  }

  void jumpToItem(int index) {
    _listController.jumpToItem(
      index: index,
      scrollController: _scrollController,
      alignment: 0.5,
    );
  }

  void animateToItem(int index) {
    _listController.animateToItem(
      index: index,
      scrollController: _scrollController,
      alignment: 0.5,
      // You can provide duration and curve depending on the estimated
      // distance between currentPosition and the target item position.
      duration: (estimatedDistance) => Duration(milliseconds: 250),
      curve: (estimatedDistance) => Curves.easeInOut,
    );
  }
}

Advanced #

Very roughtly speaking SuperSliverList works by estimating the extent of items that are outside of viewport and when these items are scrolled into the viewport cache area the scroll position is transparently adjusted to account of the difference between estimated and actual extents. On small lists this difference may result in scrollbar movement not being perfectly aligned with list movement. SuperSliverList provides two ways to rectify this:

Improve extent estimation #

You can register custom callback that will be used to estimate extent of estimated items. This can be useful if you have an idea, atleast approximately, how large the extent of each item is.

SuperSliverList(
    delegate: /*...*/,
    estimateExtent: (index) => 100.0, // Provide your own extent estimation
)

Precalculate extents for items #

SuperSliverList can, if needed, asynchronously precalculate extents for items. To enfore this, subclass ExtentPrecalculationPolicy and provide it to SuperSliverList:

In this example the extents are eagerly precalculated for lists with less than 100 items:

class MyPrecalculationPolicy extends ExtentPrecalculationPolicy {
  @override
  bool shouldPrecaculateExtents(ExtentPrecalculationContext context)  {
    return context.numberOfItems < 100;
  }
}

return SuperSliverList(
    delegate: /*...*/,
    extentPrecalculationPolicy: myPolicy,
)

The threshold is arbitrary, but in general there are diminishing returns for precalculating extents for large lists, as the extent estimation error for each item has much smaller impact on the scrollbar position if there are many items.

Example #

See the example folder for a complete sample app using SuperSliverList. You can also see the example deployed live.

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Drop-in replacement for SliverList and ListView that can handle large lists with variable extents and jump/animate to specific items.

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