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CompositeParallelNavigator for "bottom bar navigation" #110

nhaarman opened this Issue Jan 8, 2019 · 0 comments


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nhaarman commented Jan 8, 2019

The Material "Bottom Navigation" component allows movement between primary destinations in an app:


Each of the 'primary destinations' is represented by a tab in the bottom navigation bar, and each of them has their own navigational state.

In Acorn, this could be represented by a CompositeParallelNavigator type, which allows for such a component.

A quick sketch-up of the API could be:

enum class MyDestination {

class MyNavigator(
  savedState: NavigatorState? = null
) : CompositeParallelNavigator<MyDestination>(savedState) {

  override fun createNavigator(destination: MyDestination) : Navigator {
    return when(destination) {
      Favorites -> FavoritesNavigator()
      /* ... */

  override fun instantiateNavigator(
    navigatorClass: KClass<out Navigator>,
    state: NavigatorState?
  ) : Navigator {
    return when(navigatorClass) {
      is FavoritesNavigator::class -> FavoritesNavigator(state)
      /* ... */

The CompositeParallelNavigator<T> class could expose methods like select(T) to switch between the nested child Navigators, and provide a way to listen to changes in the selected T type.

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