#flutter
#engineering

Slaying a UI Antipattern with Flutter!

10/23/2020    
Ryan Edge   Engineering

var data = {
    "loading": true,
    "items": [],
};
var data = {
    "loading": true,
    "items": null
};

doSomething() {
  if(!data["loading"]) {
    print(items.length); // Whoopsie!
  }
}
enum RemoteState { initial, loading, empty, success, error }

class RemoteModel {
    RemoteState state;
}

doSomething(RemoteModel model) {
  switch(model.state) {
      case RemoteState.initial:
            // Handles error
        break;
      case RemoteState.loading:
            // Handles error
        break;
      case RemoteState.success:
            // Handles error
        break;
      case RemoteState.error:
            // Handles error
        break;
          // Forgets to handle empty.  Cries tears of sadness.
  }
}
abstract class RemoteState {}
class RemoteStateInitial extends RemoteState{}
class RemoteStateLoading extends RemoteState {}
class RemoteStateEmpty extends RemoteState {}
class RemoteStateSuccess extends RemoteState {}
class RemoteStateError extends RemoteState {}

doSomething(RemoteState state) {
  if(state is RemoteStateInitial) {
    // Handles initial
  }
  if(state is RemoteStateEmpty) {
    // Handles empty
  }
  if(state is RemoteStateSuccess) {
    // Handles success
  }
  // Forgets to handle error & loading.  Cries tears of sadness.
}
@freezed
abstract class RemoteState<T> with _$RemoteState<T> {
  const factory RemoteState.initial() = _Initial<T>;
  const factory RemoteState.loading() = _Loading<T>;
  const factory RemoteState.success(T value) = _Success<T>;
  const factory RemoteState.empty() = _Empty<T>;
  const factory RemoteState.error([String message]) = _Error<T>;
}

// A class far, far away...
class RemoteModel {}

// Now when we handle our data model, 
// we can properly represent the list of things 
// with methods that represent async request state
doSomething(RemoteState<RemoteModel> state) {
  counterState.when(
    initial: () => { /* Handle initial */ },
    empty: () => { /* Handle empty */ },
    success: () => { /* Handle success */ },
  )
}
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If you really want some joy, watch the original, maybe NSFW [video](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QhuBIkPXn0)

This article was originally published at https://chimon.hashnode.dev/slaying-a-ui...

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