How to Emit the Data to Parent Widget In Flutter

How to Emit the Data to Parent Widget In Flutter??

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How to Emit the Data to Parent Widget In Flutter??

  • When the user passes abc from parent to child and you mutated the child value on press a button. As primitive types are pass by value in the dart, a change in the value of abc in a child will not change the value of parent abc. Refer to the below snippet.
void main() {
  String abc = "oldValue";
  changeIt(abc);
  print(abc); // oldValue
}

void changeIt(String abc) {
  abc = "newValue";
  print(abc); //newValue
}

Let’s assume the first one is wrong(for understanding purposes). Then changing the value of abc in a child will change the value of abc in the parent. But without calling that inside setState of a parent, the parent will not reflect the change. So if you change the code as below, it will change the button text alone on click.

new FlatButton(
    onPressed: () {
      setState(
        () {
          widget.abc = "RANDON TEXT";
        },
      );
    },
    child:
        new Text(widget.abc), // setting the text based on abc
    color: Colors.red,
  ),
  • Instead of using globalState which will be very difficult to maintain/debug as the app grows, I would recommend using callbacks. Please refer to the below code.
    void main() => runApp(new TestApp());
    
        class TestApp extends StatefulWidget {
          @override
          _TestState createState() => new _TestState();
        }
    
        class _TestState extends State<TestApp> {
          String abc = "bb";
    
          callback(newAbc) {
            setState(() {
              abc = newAbc;
            });
          }
    
          @override
          Widget build(BuildContext context) {
            var column = new Column(
              children: <Widget>[
                new Text("This is text $abc"),
                TestApp2(abc, callback)
              ],
            );
            return new MaterialApp(
              home: new Scaffold(
                body: new Padding(padding: EdgeInsets.all(30.0), child: column),
              ),
            );
          }
        }
    
        class TestApp2 extends StatefulWidget {
          String abc;
          Function(String) callback;
    
          TestApp2(this.abc, this.callback);
    
          @override
          _TestState2 createState() => new _TestState2();
        }
    
        class _TestState2 extends State<TestApp2> {
          @override
          Widget build(BuildContext context) {
            return new Container(
              width: 150.0,
              height: 30.0,
              margin: EdgeInsets.only(top: 50.0),
              child: new FlatButton(
                onPressed: () {
                  widget.callback("RANDON TEXT"); //call to parent
                },
                child: new Text(widget.abc),
                color: Colors.red,
              ),
            );
          }
        }

If you want to call the state of ParentScreen from another function/widget/class. Just follow this code

import 'package:showErrorMessage.dart';

class ParentScreen extends StatefulWidget {
  ParentScreen({Key key}) : super(key: key);

  @override
  _ParentScreenState createState() => _ParentScreenState();
}

class _ParentScreenState extends State<ParentScreen> {

   callback() {
    setState(() {});
  }
  
  @override
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    String message = "hello";
    return Container(
       child: showErrorMessage(message, callback);,
    );
  }
}

And here is the child widget/function/class

import 'package:flutter/material.dart';


    showErrorMessage(message, Function callback) {
      return Center(
      child: Column(
    mainAxisAlignment: MainAxisAlignment.center,
    crossAxisAlignment: CrossAxisAlignment.center,
    children: [
      Text(
        message,
        style: TextStyle(color: Colors.white, fontSize: 16),
      ),
      GestureDetector(
          onTap: () {
            callback();  // ------ this will change/rebuild the state of its parent class
          },
          child: Icon(
            Icons.refresh,
            size: 30,
            color: Colors.white,
          )),
    ],
  ));
}

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Abhishek Dhanani

Written by Abhishek Dhanani

Abhishek Dhanani, a skilled software developer with 3+ years of experience, masters Dart, JavaScript, TypeScript, and frameworks like Flutter and NodeJS. Proficient in MySQL, Firebase, and cloud platforms AWS and GCP, he delivers innovative digital solutions.

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