.family modifier has one purpose: Creating a provider from external values.
Some common use-cases for
family would be:
- Combining FutureProvider with
.familyto fetch a
Messagefrom its ID
- Passing the current
Localeto a provider, so that we can handle translations:
- Connecting a provider with another provider without having access to its variable.
The way families works is by adding an extra parameter to the provider. This parameter can then be freely used in our provider to create some state.
For example, we could combine
family with FutureProvider to fetch
Message from its ID:
Then, when using our
messagesFamily provider, the syntax is slightly modified.
The usual syntax will not work anymore:
Instead, we need to pass a parameter to
It is possible to use a family with different parameters simultaneously.
For example, we could use a
titleFamily to read both the french and english
translations at the same time:
For families to work correctly, it is critical for the parameter passed to
a provider to have a consistent
Ideally the parameter should either be a primitive (bool/int/double/String),
a constant (providers), or an immutable object that overrides
autoDispose when the parameter is not constant:
You may want to use families to pass the input of a search field to your provider.
But that value can change often and never be reused.
This could cause memory leaks as, by default, a provider is never destroyed even if no-longer used.
.autoDispose fixes that memory leak:
Passing multiple parameters to a family
Families have no built-in support for passing multiple values to a provider.
On the other hand, that value could be anything (as long as it matches with the restrictions mentioned previously).