Dart #6: Emoji selection

After the create team page, this week we are going to be building the emoji selection page. As usual the code I present here is somewhat partial, so let me know if anything is unclear.

emoji_selection Our mock

How to build it?

As mentioned in last week’s post, we are going to leverage EmojiRenderComponent to build this component, and it is not hard to see why. Every little emoji to select is an EmojiRenderComponent. If we have a list of emoji unicodes, then a simple material-list should do.

So the question becomes: where do we find all the emoji unicodes? Answer is, and usually will be, our good friend Google. A simple search would turn up some csv file, and with a little python formatting, we are good to go.

One thing worth pointing out though is current I am putting the entire list as a private variable in the component, and ideally it should be fetched from some service. We will address this when we get to Firebase.

Now let’s take a look at the code.


import 'package:Teamoji_tutorial/src/common/messages.dart';
import 'package:Teamoji_tutorial/src/emoji_render/emoji_render.dart';
import 'package:angular/angular.dart';
import 'package:angular_components/angular_components.dart';

selector: 'emoji-selector',
templateUrl: 'emoji_selector.html',
directives: const [
styleUrls: const ['emoji_selector.css'],
class EmojiSelectorComponent extends EmojiSelectorMessages with EmojiList {

void onCancel() => _dismiss();

void onSelect(String emoji) {
print('You want to post $emoji');

void _dismiss() => print('You want to cancel selecting an emoji');

This is pretty straightforward. I am printing out the actions instead of actually implementing them. This simplifies the component for now, and we can fill these up when we put everything together.


<div class="tm-emoji-select-header">
<div class="tm-emoji-select-header-message"></div>
<material-button class="tm-emoji-select-header-button" icon (trigger)="onCancel()">
<material-icon icon="clear"></material-icon>
<div class="tm-emoji-select-content">
<ul class="tm-emoji-select-list">
<li class="tm-emoji-select-item">


Note we use a combination of material-button and material-icon to realize the cancel button. There might be cleaner ways to implement this, but as far as I know this is the conventional way.

Also interestingly there’s an * before the ngFor, that’s because ngFor is a Structural Directive. This asterisk is saying “I will potentially alter the DOM tree, so parse me a bit differently”. In our case, because we are enumerating a list, whose length is unbeknownst to the template, it can potentially grow to many lis, thus altering the DOM tree.

I won’t show the CSS here, it is in the repo if you to take a look. Also I am pretty sure I did a lot of hacky stuff there, so you might want to implement the layout and styling by you own.

Screen Shot 2017-09-24 at 16.36.07 Final render. Also the selection “works” too!

Once we have this component done, the only component left is the homepage component. Unfortunately this is the most complicated component to implement, so we will split into 2 or 3 posts for that.

Let me know if anything can be improved. Thanks for reading, and I will see you all next week.

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