wui_builder 0.7.1
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A ui framework for dart web apps that leverages a virtual dom.

A dart library for building user interfaces for the web, inspired by reactjs #


For building declarative, component based web user interfaces in dart.

Provides a rich library of typed virtual elements for svg & standard html.

Supports defining custom components with an interface similar to react. All of the same lifecycle methods are supported.

Built with async rendering in mind from the start.

Fully compliant with dart 2, strong mode, and the DDC.

Documentation and examples #

Check out the documentation on github pages for an in depth look at the framework

What makes this virtual dom framework different? #

It's written in dart. Plus:

Generated virtual dom elements #

The generator is the most unique feature of wui_builder. The generator generates virtual dom element builder for each Element type definied in the dart html and svg packages. Each virtual dom element builder provides the same typed setters as its corresponding html/svg Element. This makes it easy to write resilient componenents.

Configurable Update Scheduling #

Next, wui_builder supports iterative rendering to avoid blocking the main thread on large updates. Iterative updates only processes on idle callbacks, which means the rendering job & layout will be split across multiple frames. wui_builder gives power to the developer to decide when components should render. It allows the developer can decide if a component updates syncronously,on animation frame, or on and idle callback. Ideally, a component will either:

  • render on animation frame for high priority updates that must finish. updates from mulitiple components can be batch rendered on animation frames.
  • render on idle callbacks for low priority updates that can be split across frames.

However, syncronous updates are also allowed to run on demand, without waiting for an animation frame or idle callback.

Smart Update Batching #

Finally, wui_builder prevents uneccessary updates when multiple updates to the same component are queued before any can process. For example, say I have a component that updates on animation frame using setStateOnAnimationFrame. If setStateOnAnimationFrame is called twice between frames the update process will only be run once while allowing both state setter functions to be executed.

Note, requestIdleCallback is not currently supported by all browsers and wui_builder does NOT include a polyfill at this time. Synchronous rendering still works on all browsers. See a compatability chart here.

Syntax #

class HelloWorldProps {
    String text;

class HelloWorld extends PComponent<HelloWorldProps> {
    HelloWorld(props) : super(props);

    VNode render() => VDivElement()
        ..text = props.text;

// instantiate the component, pass it an instance of HelloWorldProps
final component = HelloWorld(
        ..text = 'Hello world',

// render the virtual element into a container
render(component, querySelector('#container'));

Check out the documentation on github pages for more in depth examples.

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A ui framework for dart web apps that leverages a virtual dom.

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