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Flex nested ArrayCollections sorting

Hi experts,

I have an ArrayCollection nested in another one. I need to sort the child collection by a field.
I tried the following code. It works fine for the parent collection, but does nothing for the child one.

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// The Data 

public class Data
{
  public var value:String;
  public var otherValue:String;
  public var childrenData:ArrayCollection; // An array collection containing Data objects.
} 

// The sorting function 

private function sortData():void
{
  var records:ArrayCollection() = bla bla (init the collection with some Data objects).

  records.sort = new Sort();
  records.sort.fields = [
    new SortField('value', true, false)
  ];

  for each (var data:Data in records){
    sortChildren(data);
  }
  records.refresh();			
}
		
private function sortChildren(data:Data):void
{
  if (data.childrenData != null) {
    var srt:Sort = new Sort();
    srt.fields = [
      new SortField('otherValue', true, false)
    ];
    data.childrenData.sort = srt;
    data.childrenData.refresh();
  }		
}

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I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong, so some help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

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zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
Can you show us the bla bla code?
>> var records:ArrayCollection() = bla bla (init the collection with some Data objects).
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L0ck3Author Commented:
In my "real world application", this data comes from a java server via BlazeDS.

The only code for initialization of the collection on Flex side, is the following :

 
records = rpcEvent.result as ArrayCollection;

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The class I named "Data" is also a more complex one, but it is not supposed to deal with the problem.
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zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
My concern is that I see you write this line

>> new SortField('otherValue', true, false)

and I wanted to check if the field 'otherValue' really exist?

In the help file of SortField I read the following:
There are situations in which the collection contains simple items, like String , Date , Boolean , etc.
In this case, sorting should be applied to the simple type directly. When constructing a sort for this situation only a single sort field is required and should not have a name specified.

So - if you are in that case; that your (child)collection only contains Strings - why don't you try:

new SortField(null, true, false)

instead of

>> new SortField('otherValue', true, false)
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L0ck3Author Commented:
Thanks for answering.

The collection contains other objects of type Data. I want the parent records to be sorted by the "value" fields and the children of each record to be sorted by the "otherValue" field.

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zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
I see.
Shouldn't the field be specified by a string between double quotes?

new SortField("otherValue", true, false)

instead of

new SortField('otherValue', true, false)
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L0ck3Author Commented:
I tried, but ir didn't change anything. In AS3 strings can be defined by single or double quotes.
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zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
>> It works fine for the parent collection, but does nothing for the child one.
How do you check that?
By printing them out? Or by inspecting them in your IDE?

In sortchildren() try printing out

  data.childrenData

to check it contains what you expect (Data objects having the "otherValue" property)
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GvoidCommented:
The code looks good, so I can understand your frustration.

A couple of things I would try:
1. place a try catch block around the
data.childrenData != null
check and confirm the data is not null

e.g.
private function sortChildren(data:Data):void
{
 try {
  if (data.childrenData != null) {
    var srt:Sort = new Sort();
    srt.fields = [
      new SortField('otherValue', true, false)
    ];
    data.childrenData.sort = srt;
    data.childrenData.refresh();
  } else {
   trace("data.childrenData was found to be null");
  }	
 } catch (e:Error){
  trace(e.message); // or whatever output method your using
  trace("data.childrenData: " + data.childrenData);
 }	
}

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2. rework/place the sort function inside the 'Data' class and then call that function from the

for each (var data:Data in records){
    sortChildren(data);
  }

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loop instead

so you end up with
for each (var data:Data in records){
    data.sort();
}

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CyanBlueCommented:
This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
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