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Unexpected Behavior when dynamically creating containers in AS3

Posted on 2009-05-12
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I am probably trying to do something a little too fancy for my level of experience, but its sort of intriguing me. I am creating a dynamic tabNavigator based on an Array. I have created a for loop to dynamically create this it run time.

In the first Tab, I am trying to add an image and a rich text editor in an HBOX, but it only shows the second child that I added. i cannot find an example online on how to make this work and i couldnt find anything on the livedocs.adobe site either.

I have attached the code below. This site has been very helpful and I have learned more in the last week from this site then I have from reading 3 FLex books.
//Lets build the TabNavigtor.
for (var i:int = 0; i < prodEditArray.length; i++)
{
	var source:String = new String();					
	var _canvas:Canvas = new Canvas();	
	var _image:Image = new Image();	
	var _vboxLeft:HBox = new HBox();	
	var _vboxRight:HBox = new HBox();
	var _hboxParent:HBox = new HBox();	
	var _rte:RichTextEditor = new RichTextEditor();	
	var _textArea:TextArea = new TextArea();	
 
	_image.height = 1104;
	_image.width = 816;
	_image.source = prodEditArray[i].imageDir + prodEditArray[i].imageName;
 
	_textArea.id = prodEditArray[i].labelID;
	_textArea.editable = "true";
	_textArea.width = 100;
	_textArea.height = 200;
	_textArea.x = 300;
	_textArea.y = 300;
	_textArea.enabled = "true";
	_textArea.text = "who knew this would work";
 
	_canvas.addChild(_image);
	_canvas.addChild(_textArea);
	_canvas.visible = "true";
 
	_vboxLeft.addChild(_canvas);
	_vboxLeft.visible = "true";					
	_vboxLeft.verticalScrollPolicy = "on";	
 
	_vboxRight.addChild(_rte);
	_vboxRight.visible = "true";					
 
	_hboxParent.label = prodEditArray[i].page;	
	_hboxParent.addChild(_vboxLeft);
	_hboxParent.addChild(_vboxRight);	
 
	trace (_hboxParent.numChildren); //this always says 2.					
 
	this.TabEdit.addChild(_hboxParent);						
}

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by:blue-genie
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are you not just adding the one child on top of the other since you're not changing your location where you load it (try setting the x and y and see)
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>> trace (_hboxParent.numChildren); //this always says 2.
Meaning the _vboxLeft and _vboxRight are added for sure.

>> but it only shows the second child that I added
So you see the _vboxRight and not the _vboxLeft?
That's a visualisation problem.

Could you try:

_vboxLeft.percentWidth = 100;
_vboxLeft.percentHeight = 100;
_canvas.percentWidth = 100;
_canvas.percentHeight = 100;
_vboxLeft.addChild(_canvas);

btw, in my opinion, all the instructions

... = "true";

should be

... = true;

in MXML code you should have those " " but not in AS code
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by:20lbMonkey
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It was a visualization problem. Thank you for your help.
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by:zzynx
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You're welcome.
Thanx 4 axxepting
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