Dart – Emulating enums using Constant Constructor

Whilst Dart doesn’t have support for enum types but it turns out you can do a pretty good job of emulating it using Dart’s constant constructors (which allows you to create compile-time constants with your class, which in .Net you’re restricted to numbers, booleans, strings and null).

Using the technique from this SO answer you will start with a base class for your enum types:

From here, you can create other specialized enum types, such as:

 

Thank you, mr Sergy Akopkokhyants for this elegant little solution.

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