copying properties of an instance of a class

Posted on 2011-03-22
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hi , I wonder if someone could help please, Im learning slowly but am still very green

I am iterating through an array which contains instances of various Classes that each extend from a custom class  PageItemClass.

I need to have a  function that when a certain condition is met, (the "if (headerContent[0][0].... " line)

1) the type of class that is the current item is established
2) a new instance of the class in question is created
3) the values of the properties of the initial instance are copied to the new instance.

I think I have managed the first two (lines 7 and 8 , but the third is stumping me, I have tried ObjectUtil.Copy(item) which indeed works but returns me an object, how do I get a copy which both has the same property values and is of the same ClassType,
 i have also tried the clone method of ObjectUtil, but that just complains about not having a uid.
thanks in advance

if (pageData.headerTypeData){
   for (var i:int=0; i< pageItems.length; i++){
     for (var j:int =0; j<pageItems[i].length; j++ ){
         var item:PageItemData=pageItems[i][j];
	if (headerContent[0][0]!="" && headerContent[0][0]==item.type){
	var classType:Class =getClass(item);
	var newItem=new classType;
private static function getClass(obj:Object):Class {
	return Class(getDefinitionByName(getQualifiedClassName(obj)))

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Question by:BloodGrinder
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Expert Comment

ID: 35192966
Try bytes clone

            var buffer:ByteArray = new ByteArray();
            buffer.position = 0;
            return buffer.readObject();
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Expert Comment

ID: 35193007
For example:

public static function clone(source:*):Object{
            var buffer:ByteArray = new ByteArray();
            buffer.position = 0;
            return buffer.readObject();

var clone:Object = clone(item);
var classType:Class = getClass(item);
var o:PublisherAccount = new classType();
      for(var name:String in clone){
            var value:Object = clone[name];
            o[name] = value;
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Accepted Solution

dgofman earned 2000 total points
ID: 35193093
Sorry you need to use the diffrent names:

var cloneItem:Object = clone(item);
var classType:Class = Class(getDefinitionByName(getQualifiedClassName(item)))
var newItem:* = new classType();
for(var name:String in cloneItem){
    var value:Object = cloneItem[name];
    newItem[name] = value;

Author Closing Comment

ID: 35194093
Thank you

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