# lerp method Null safety

Linearly interpolates between two Gradients.

This defers to `b`

's lerpTo function if `b`

is not null. If `b`

is
null or if its lerpTo returns null, it uses `a`

's lerpFrom
function instead. If both return null, it returns `a`

before `t == 0.5`

and `b`

after `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 Gradient? lerp(Gradient? a, Gradient? b, double t) {
assert(t != null);
Gradient? result;
if (b != null) {
result = b.lerpFrom(a, t); // if a is null, this must return non-null
}
if (result == null && a != null) {
result = a.lerpTo(b, t); // if b is null, this must return non-null
}
if (result != null) {
return result;
}
if (a == null && b == null) {
return null;
}
assert(a != null && b != null);
return t < 0.5 ? a!.scale(1.0 - (t * 2.0)) : b!.scale((t - 0.5) * 2.0);
}
```