test if a child exsists

Hi All,

I need to test to see if a child exists in a object... If it does I need to remove it, currently I am just trying to remove it and I am obviously getting a stack of runtime errors complaining that the child doesn't exist

Thanks

Xavier
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drxavAsked:
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RobOwner (Aidellio)Commented:
for (part in myobject) {
    trace(part);
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drxavAuthor Commented:
thats not what i need.

This is my code:

if (exclusionName != "DP_TL"){
                  removeChild(DP_TL);
            }else{
                  activeDP = DP_TL;
            }

needs to be something like:

if (exclusionName != "DP_TL" && childExists(DP_TL)){
                  removeChild(DP_TL);
            }else{
                  activeDP = DP_TL;
            }

I know that "childExists()" isnt a real function but thats to give you an idea as to what i mean.
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emphaticDigitalCommented:
Hello,

You could use:

//pass name as a string, set the name using the 'name' property
if (exclusionName != "DP_TL" && getChildByName("DP_TL")){

Also you can check the suspected childs 'parent' variable, which should refrence 'this':

var isChild:Boolean = DP_TL.parent == this;//depends on scope
//or
var isChild:Boolean = DP_TL.parent == (variable referencing parent clip);//safer

both of these return 'true' if it's a child, then:
if (exclusionName != "DP_TL" && isChild){

I tested all of these and they work for me.

Good luck

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emphaticDigitalCommented:
Hello,

Thanks for giving me an assist!

Just to be sure you're clear and to help you optimize. If the following line from your accepted solution returns a reference to an object:

var box2_mc = container_mc.getChildByName("Box2_mc");

Then it's not necessary to use the 'contains()' method since the variable would be undefined if no child exists by that name.

Good luck and thanks again.
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