Lightweight, Robust Immutable Tuple Implementation.

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The Tuple is nothing new, natively implemented in some languages like Python, Lisp, Scala and the list continues.

It is a workhorse data structure, which helps reduce the number of transient classes, long parameter list and unstructured buckets of data swishing around between functions, methods, and isolates.

Using it with the predicates and matchers lifts your code abstraction level.

This package provides a lightweight implementation of a Tuple. Based upon the native Dart List, with immutability and a bidirectional iterator added, making it a very functional style of a Tuple. By also importing the predicate and matcher libraries we also start to reason about the tuple.

Usage Examples

A running version of these example can be found in the example/darpule.dart. Refer to that, the test suite and API Documentation for a complete understanding.

Creatable in a quick ad-hoc fashion.

 /// Easy ad-hoc creation, fill them as you like.
    signal01 = new Tuple([2837, 283.23, true, '934893-23XA', false]),
    signal02 = new Tuple([true, new DateTime.now(), 49893, 'saber3903', false, 401.34]),
    signal03 = new Tuple([]),
    signal04 = new Tuple([3043.398, true, true, false, 'black', 90934, true]),
    signal05 = new Tuple(['SouthPort', true, [394, 3403, 3493, 2303]]);

  assert(signal01 is Tuple && signal01.type == TupleType.quintuple);
  assert(signal02 is Tuple && signal02.type == TupleType.sextuple);
  assert(signal03 is Tuple && signal03.type == TupleType.nulluple);
  assert(signal04 is List && signal04.type == TupleType.septuple);
  assert(signal05 is Tuple && signal05.type == TupleType.triple);

  assert(signal01[0] == 2837);

The immutability comes view Dart's UnmodifiableListView, which has a small reasonably footprint. We can place anything we like into our Tuple. While still having access to Darts functional goodness.

Attempting to change the tuple does not go unnoticed.

/// No changes on the down low.

  } catch(e) {
    assert(e is MutabilityError);
  /// Nothing has change.
  assert(signal01.type == TupleType.quintuple);

  /// Adding is also a change
  } catch(e){
    assert(e is MutabilityError);

Tuple immutable comes into play once the Tuple become instantiated. After which time attempting to change the Tuple is considered a programming error, greeted with a MutabilityError.

Immutability can be mind-bender at first but starts feeling very natural very quickly. The concat(Tuple toBeAppended) method returns a new Tuple; with the content of, the other Tuple. Whereas the .intoSplice(Tuple source, Function position, {before:true}) method produces a new Tuple, based on the elements of another tuple that has had content injected at a precise location. The original Tuples are never modified new Tuples reflect the changes.

   /// Inserting and Appending without fussing around.
      signalPartA = new Tuple(['38493-23XJ', 34034, false,  382.34, 'counter-service']),
      signalPartB = new Tuple(['south', 384, 823, 399, true]);
    Tuple completedSignal1 = signalPartA.intoSplice(signalPartB, isValueBoolean);
    print (completedSignal1.toString());

Gives us

 TupleType.sextuple - [38493-23XJ, 34034, TupleType.quintuple - [south, 384, 823, 399, true], false, 382.34, counter-service]

Splice it after the bool

    Tuple completedSignal2 = signalPartA.intoSplice(signalPartB, isValueBoolean, before: false);

    print (completedSignal2.toString());

This should be better

   TupleType.sextuple - [38493-23XJ, 34034, false, TupleType.quintuple - [south, 384, 823, 399, true], 382.34, counter-service]

The original two Tuples are left untouched. When you just need to put to Tuples together, concat will help you lost the type of the second tuple if you just need to glue them together.

Glue them together

   Tuple completedSignal3 = signalPartA.concatWith(signalPartB);

Gives us. The quintuple is melted away in this new tuple. Of course ```signalPartB`` has not mutated in any way.

    TupleType.decuple - [38493-23XJ, 34034, false, 382.34, counter-service, south, 384, 823, 399, true]

The content and structure of the Tuple define its equality.

 /// Grab the content leaving the original untouched.

  int signal04BeforeHash = signal04.hashCode;
  var signal04Contents = signal04(); // Call it like a function and it dumps
  assert(signal04Contents is List);
  assert(signal04Contents.length == signal04.length);
  assert(signal04.every((e) => signal04Contents.contains(e)));
  assert(signal04Contents.every((e) => signal04.contains(e)));
  int signal04AfterHash = signal04.hashCode;
  assert(signal04AfterHash == signal04BeforeHash);

Behaviours like any other object.

  /// Each Tuple plays well with others.

  assert(signal01 != signal02);
  assert(signal05.toString() == 'TupleType.triple - [SouthPort, true, [394, 3403, 3493, 2303]]');
  assert(signal05.hashCode == signal05.hashCode);
  var inTheTuple = signal01.iterator;
  assert(inTheTuple is TupleIterator);
  assert(inTheTuple.moveNext() == true);
  assert(inTheTuple.current == 2837);
  assert(inTheTuple.moveNext() == true);
  assert(inTheTuple.current == 283.23);
  assert(inTheTuple.movePrevious() == true);
  assert(inTheTuple.current == 2837);
  assert(inTheTuple.index == 0);

Tuple extends UnmodifiableListView, which comes from LiseBase and mixes in ListMixin. Hence the Tuple is just a gloried List and you use it accordingly.

But Then Every Thing Hidden The Tuple

 /// Equals is not skin deep.

    signal06 = new Tuple([true, 23984, false]),
    signal07 = new Tuple([true, 23984, false]),
    signal08 = new Tuple([signal04, signal06]),
    signal09 = new Tuple([new Tuple([3043.398, true, true, false, 'black', 90934, true]), new Tuple([true, 23984, false])]),
    signal10 = new Tuple([new Tuple([3043.398, true, false, false, 'black', 90934, true]),new Tuple([true, 999999, false])]),
    signal11 = new Tuple([true, new DateTime.now(), 49893, 'saber3903', false, 401.34]);

  assert (signal06 == signal07);
  assert (!identical(signal06, signal07));
  assert (signal08 == signal09);
  assert (signal10 != signal09);

Distinguishing different Tuple instances with the same content is achieved with the identical function. As equality is not only skin deep, a Tuple within a Tuple within a Tuple are automatically considered for equality and matching. The predicate and matcher library make things rather simple when you want to look inside a Tuple and check it for compliance with to a criterion.

Criteria can be as simple or complex as required.

 /// We need to be discerning about our tuple, lets define a criteria.

  Tuple validGateSignalCriteria = new Tuple([int, double, bool, String, bool]);

  TupleMatcher isValidGateSignal = criteriaMatcher(validGateSignalCriteria);


Use a Literals Criterion

 /// Sometime Types are not enough and some literals appears.

  Tuple packageTrackingCriteria = new Tuple([double, bool, bool, bool, 'black', int, bool]);

  TupleMatcher isPackageTrackable = criteriaMatcher(packageTrackingCriteria);


It does not take to much imagination to see a filter growing out of this.

Usa a Function Criterion

/// Other times it could a threshold that triggers thing off.

  Function thresholdTrigger (double limit){
    bool matcher(double value)=> value > limit ? true : false;
    return matcher;

  Tuple trackingTemperatureTrigger = new Tuple([bool, DateTime, int, String, bool, thresholdTrigger(399.00)]);

  TupleMatcher isTrackableTempOverRange = criteriaMatcher(trackingTemperatureTrigger);


The Criteria Tuple is like any other Tuple: it is the actual Matcher that interprets the Criteria when attempting to match it with a subject Tuple. Criteria can be deep, complex structure that mixes values, types and functions.Criteria can be deep, complex structure that mixes values, types and functions.

The Matcher is aware of Optional from the Quiver Library. The matcher interprets the Optional as meaning that the element does have to present on in the subject. When present the element needs to match the value or type specified in the Optional.

 /// When things become conditional using optional can get you out of hole.

  Tuple trackCriteria = new Tuple ([String, new Optional.of(int), new Optional.of(true), bool, double]);

    signal12_trackable = new Tuple(['3892-X8349', false, 393.00]),
    signal13_trackable = new Tuple(['90234-Y83', 34948, true, 84.23]),
    signal14_trackable = new Tuple(['34901-B39', 323, true, false, 23.32]),
    signal15_notTrackage = new Tuple (['29023-12', false, true, 30.23]),
    signal16_notTrackage = new Tuple (['230-OU3', 23, false, true, 23.23]);

  TupleMatcher isTrackable = criteriaMatcher(trackCriteria);


You can also easily throw wildcards into your criteria Object is interpreted as any value object, except Object or Type. Wildcard for a type can be done with type.. You can even get a bit crazy and have a Optional Wildcard of Type, meaning the element is not required but if it is included it should be of the specified type.


"So Many Where Do We Start"

  • An embedded criteria Tuple within a Criteria, not bullet proof yet... This is top property.
  • No 'Persistence' focused features like 'Atoms'. Will coming in a separate package.
  • No Fake Tuple Data Generator. Will coming in a separate package.
  • No performance optimisation and benchmarks yet. Planned especially for recursive matchers.
  • Can use RegExp in criteria, but no pre-built matchers for things like social-security-number, phone, email, etc..
  • Optional is expected to change in quiver after the arrival of NNBD (Non-null Types & Non-null By Default), some migration strategies have been thought about.


  • tuple provides stronger type implementation, has nice way to layer a tuple within a tuple.
  • duty provides more then a Tuple but does have type safe containers for a Monuple, Pairple and Triple.
  • vacuum_persistent provide a complete persistence with immutable data structures.
  • Self Implementation if you have the time I would recommend rolling yur own, it is easily in Dart and it will help rise your abstraction level.

If a packages should be on this list and is not, just add it via a pull request or rise an issue.



Their two types of matchers those that operator on a single element ElementMatcher within a Tuple and those that operate on the tuple TupleMatcher as a whole.


Asserts facts about a Tuple and it's elements.


The humble immutable tuple - From nulluple to sexdecuple.