lerp method Null safety

Decoration? lerp(
  1. Decoration? a,
  2. Decoration? b,
  3. double t
)

Linearly interpolates between two Decorations.

This attempts to use lerpFrom and lerpTo on b and a respectively to find a solution. If the two values can't directly be interpolated, then the interpolation is done via null (at t == 0.5).

The t argument represents position on the timeline, with 0.0 meaning that the interpolation has not started, returning a (or something equivalent to a), 1.0 meaning that the interpolation has finished, returning b (or something equivalent to b), and values in between meaning that the interpolation is at the relevant point on the timeline between a and b. The interpolation can be extrapolated beyond 0.0 and 1.0, so negative values and values greater than 1.0 are valid (and can easily be generated by curves such as Curves.elasticInOut).

Values for t are usually obtained from an Animation<double>, such as an AnimationController.

Implementation

static Decoration? lerp(Decoration? a, Decoration? b, double t) {
  assert(t != null);
  if (a == null && b == null)
    return null;
  if (a == null)
    return b!.lerpFrom(null, t) ?? b;
  if (b == null)
    return a.lerpTo(null, t) ?? a;
  if (t == 0.0)
    return a;
  if (t == 1.0)
    return b;
  return b.lerpFrom(a, t)
      ?? a.lerpTo(b, t)
      ?? (t < 0.5 ? (a.lerpTo(null, t * 2.0) ?? a) : (b.lerpFrom(null, (t - 0.5) * 2.0) ?? b));
}