addListener method Null safety

  1. @override
void addListener(
  1. VoidCallback listener
)
override

Register a closure to be called when the object changes.

If the given closure is already registered, an additional instance is added, and must be removed the same number of times it is added before it will stop being called.

This method must not be called after dispose has been called.

If a listener is added twice, and is removed once during an iteration (e.g. in response to a notification), it will still be called again. If, on the other hand, it is removed as many times as it was registered, then it will no longer be called. This odd behavior is the result of the ChangeNotifier not being able to determine which listener is being removed, since they are identical, therefore it will conservatively still call all the listeners when it knows that any are still registered.

This surprising behavior can be unexpectedly observed when registering a listener on two separate objects which are both forwarding all registrations to a common upstream object.

See also:

  • removeListener, which removes a previously registered closure from the list of closures that are notified when the object changes.

Implementation

@override
void addListener(VoidCallback listener) {
  assert(_debugAssertNotDisposed());
  if (_count == _listeners.length) {
    if (_count == 0) {
      _listeners = List<VoidCallback?>.filled(1, null);
    } else {
      final List<VoidCallback?> newListeners =
          List<VoidCallback?>.filled(_listeners.length * 2, null);
      for (int i = 0; i < _count; i++) {
        newListeners[i] = _listeners[i];
      }
      _listeners = newListeners;
    }
  }
  _listeners[_count++] = listener;
}