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Pieces loves Dart, and with the following collection, we had some of our team members share their most useful Dart snippets. Additionally, we added some general-purpose snippets that we think some may just find helpful!

Dart unit testing

Tags: dart,  unit tests

Create a group of unit tests.

group('group of tests', () {
  test('unit test', () {
    expect(true, true);

Related links:

  1. https://docs.flutter.dev/cookbook/testing/unit/introduction#5-combine-multiple-tests-in-a-group
  2. https://pub.dev/packages/test

Copy files from Dart Package

Tags: dart,  files, Dart package

Uses Dart packaging URI to get the path to a package allowing one to pull assets/files from a Dart package. This ultimately allows “Flutter-like” asset bundling within a Dart package.

import 'dart:isolate';

var resolvedUri = await Isolate.resolvePackageUri(Uri(scheme: 'package', path: 'my_package/src/assets/cool_image.jpg'));

Related links:

  1. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/69391937/is-there-a-way-to-determine-the-directory-of-the-file-in-which-the-dart-file-is
  2. https://www.reddit.com/r/dartlang/comments/t1tfrx/how_to_find_files_in_my_package/


Tags: dart,  singleton, pattern, object oriented

Creates singleton class structure in Dart to ensure only one instance of a class is created. This can be used to update properties, enhance performance, and manage state

class SingletonClass {
  static final SingletonClass _instance = SingletonClass._internal();

  factory SingletonClass() {
    return _instance;


  String property1 = 'Default Property 1';
  String property2 = 'Default Property 2';

/// Example consuming the singleton class and accessing/manipulating properties
/// To evaluate the difference between a normal class and a singleton class, comment
/// out the factory constructor and _instance in SingletonClass and re-run.
void main() {
  /// Properties before
  String property1Before = SingletonClass().property1;
  String property2Before = SingletonClass().property2;

  print('property1Before: $property1Before'); // Default Property 1
  print('property2Before: $property2Before'); // Default Property 2

  /// Updating the properties
  SingletonClass().property1 = 'Updated Property 1';
  SingletonClass().property2 = 'Updated Property 2';

  /// Properties after
  print('property1After: ${SingletonClass().property1}'); // Updated Property 1
  print('property2After: ${SingletonClass().property2}'); // Updated Property 2

Related links:

  1. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/12649573/how-do-you-build-a-singleton-in-dart

Convert to JSON

Tags: dart,  JSON, object to JSON

Converts an object into a JSON string.

import 'dart:convert';


Related links:

  1. https://api.flutter.dev/flutter/dart-convert/JsonEncoder-class.html
  2. https://api.dart.dev/stable/2.1.1/dart-convert/JsonEncoder/JsonEncoder.html

Convert JSON to an Object

Tags: dart,  JSON, object

Converts JSON into an object.

import 'dart:convert';


Related links:

  1. https://flutteragency.com/how-to-decode-json-in-flutter/
  2. https://api.dart.dev/stable/2.17.3/dart-convert/JsonDecoder-class.html
  3. https://stackoverflow.com/a/58393044

Data class

Tags: dart,  data class

Creates a data class.

class User {
  final String name;
  final int age;

  User(this.name, this.age);

  User copyWith({
    String name,
    int age,
  }) {
    return User(
      name ?? this.name,
      age ?? this.age,

  bool operator ==(Object o) {
    if (identical(this, o)) return true;

    return o is User && o.name == name && o.age == age;

  int get hashCode => name.hashCode ^ age.hashCode;

Related links:

  1. https://api.flutter.dev/flutter/meta/Immutable-class.html
  2. https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/zos/2.4.0?topic=classes-understanding-data

Conditional function call

Tags: dart,  conditional function

Calls function depending on conditional values.

void func1(){
 print("func 1 called");

void func2(){
 print("func 2 called");

void main() {
 const someValue = 3;
 (someValue == 4? func1 : func2)();

Related links:

  1. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/68880685/flutter-how-to-call-a-function-in-a-condition
  2. https://www.w3adda.com/dart-tutorial/dart-conditional-operators

Remove falsy values

Tags: dart,  remove falsy

Calls function depending on conditional values.

List compact(List lst) {
  return lst..removeWhere((v) => [null, false].contains(v));

Related links:

  1. https://devsheet.com/remove-empty-and-falsey-values-from-a-list-in-dartflutter/
  2. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/34513924/what-is-the-best-way-to-fillter-null-from-a-list-in-dart-language


Tags: dart,  difference , lists

Finds the difference between two lists.

List difference(Iterable a, Iterable b) {
  final s = b.toSet();
  return a.where((x) => !s.contains(x)).toList();

Related links:

  1. https://www.cloudhadoop.com/dart-lists-difference/
  2. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/57633439/get-difference-of-lists-flutter-dart


Tags: dart,  list, intersection

Finds elements that exist in two lists.

main() {
  final lists = [
    [1, 2, 3, 55, 7, 99, 21],
    [1, 4, 7, 65, 99, 20, 21],
    [0, 2, 6, 7, 21, 99, 26]

  final commonElements =
        (a, b) => a.intersection(b.toSet()));


Related links:

  1. https://api.dart.dev/stable/2.17.3/dart-core/Set/toSet.html
  2. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/59431806/extract-common-elements-from-lists-in-dart


Tags: dart,  flatten

Flatten a multi-dimensional list into a one-dimensional one.

List flatten(List lst) {
  return lst.expand((e) => e is List ? flatten(e) : [e]).toList();

Related links:

  1. https://www.geeksforgeeks.org/dart-recursion/
  2. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/15413248/how-to-flatten-a-list

Has truthy value

Tags: dart,  truthy

Returns true if one element in a collection has a truthy value based on a predicate function.

bool some(Iterable itr, bool Function(T) fn) {
  return itr.any(fn);

Related links:

  1. https://api.flutter.dev/flutter/dart-core/Iterable/any.html
  2. https://www.educative.io/answers/what-is-the-difference-between-any-and-every-in-dart

Syntax highlighting

Tags: dart,  flutter , syntax highlight, StatelessWidget

Displays code with syntax highlighting in a flutter app.

import 'package:flutter/material.dart';
import 'package:flutter_highlight/flutter_highlight.dart';
import 'package:flutter_highlight/themes/github.dart';

class MyWidget extends StatelessWidget {
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    var code = '''main() {
  print("Hello, World!");

    return HighlightView(
      // The original code to be highlighted

      // Specify language
      // It is recommended to give it a value for performance
      language: 'dart',

      // Specify highlight theme
      // All available themes are listed in `themes` folder
      theme: githubTheme,

      // Specify padding
      padding: EdgeInsets.all(12),

      // Specify text style
      textStyle: TextStyle(
        fontFamily: 'My awesome monospace font',
        fontSize: 16,

Related links:

  1. https://pub.dev/packages/flutter_highlight

Copy directory and files recursively

Tags: dart,  directory, directory and files

Copies a directory (source) and all of its contents recursively to a new directory (destination)

import 'dart:io';
import 'package:path/path.dart' as path;

Future copyDirectoryRecursive(Directory source, Directory destination) async {
  await for (var entity in source.list(recursive: false)) {
    if (entity is Directory) {
      var newDirectory =
          Directory(p.join(destination.absolute.path, p.basename(entity.path)));
      await newDirectory.create();
      await copyDirectory(entity.absolute, newDirectory);
    } else if (entity is File) {
      await entity.copy(p.join(destination.path, p.basename(entity.path)));

// await copyDirectoryRecursive(Directory('cool_pics/tests'), Directory('new_pics/copy/new'));

Related links:

  1. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/27204728/is-there-a-built-in-function-to-copy-a-directory-in-dart

Colored Console

Tags: dart,  console, console messages, console colors

Add colors like red, green, and blue to terminal output.

import 'dart:io';

import 'package:colorize/colorize.dart';

class Messages {
  // Prints
  static void printGood(String message) => print(Colorize(message).green());
  static void printWarning(String message) => print(Colorize(message).red());
  static void printInfo(String message) => print(Colorize(message).blue());

  // Stdouts
  static void outGood(String message) => stdout.write(Colorize(message).green());
  static void outWarning(String message) => stdout.write(Colorize(message).red());
  static void outInfo(String message) => stdout.write(Colorize(message).blue());

  // Returned colored strings
  static String good(String message) => Colorize(message).green().toString();
  static String warning(String message) => Colorize(message).red().toString();
  static String info(String message) => Colorize(message).blue().toString();

Related links:

  1. https://pub.dev/packages/colorize

Dart to JavaScript

Tags: dart,  dart to javascript , dart export

Transpiles methods from Dart to JavaScript and tries calling the Dart methods that have been transpiled.

import 'package:js/js.dart';
import 'package:node_interop/node.dart';

void main() {
  setExport('hello', allowInterop(hello));
  setExport('numbers', allowInterop(numbers));
  setExport('circles', allowInterop(circles));

String hello() {
  return 'Hello hoomans!';

String numbers() {
  return 'test string';

String circles() {
  return 'second test';

Related links:

  1. https://pub.dev/packages/js