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Populate List control

Postby WriterOfCode » February 28th, 2011, 11:16 pm

I'm a newb at Flash/actionscript, but not to programming in general. I'm quite competent in a few other languages and even hold a minor in computer science, however...learning Flash feels like one of the most obtuse things I've ever done with a computer. Why is my code housed in layers and frames instead of individual files? It feels strange.

I might feel a little less strange though if I could solve this: I have a List control that I'm attempting to populate with text from an XML file in the same directory, and yet the control renders but I never see any text.

Under output I get "Fonts should be embedded for any text that may be edited at runtime, other than text with the "Use Device Fonts" setting. Use the Text > Font Embedding command to embed fonts."

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import fl.controls.List;
import flash.xml.*;

var swfList:List = new List();
var tf:TextFormat = new TextFormat();
tf.font = "Arial";
tf.size = 8;
tf.bold = true;
swfList.setRendererStyle("textFormat", tf);


var xmlData:XML = new XML();
var xmlLoader:URLLoader = new URLLoader();
xmlLoader.load (new URLRequest("swflist.xml"));
xmlLoader.addEventListener (Event.COMPLETE, onXMLDone);

function onXMLDone (event:Event):void
xmlData = XML (;
var dp:DataProvider = new DataProvider(xmlData);
swfList.dataProvider = dp;


this.stop(); //when do I use this.stop?

Oh, this is my first post on player. I believe this occasion requires an emoticon; here -- this one looks vaguely appropriate: :idea:
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Re: Populate List control

Postby GameTwoThree » March 2nd, 2011, 10:56 am

Im sorry I can't help you with your problem because I didn't have a need to use XML files for my games yet, however I just want to state a fact that you CAN acctually write the code in individual .as files and that's how the good coders do it, and so should you.

I cannot imagine writing the code in frames.

Check out this tutorial to see how it is done before you get used to that frame coding stuff: ... utorial-1/

Also my first post, hello everyone. :)
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Re: Populate List control

Postby Benjaminsen » March 2nd, 2011, 4:25 pm

I will see if I can make a tutorial for getting started with Flash Builder and Player.IO. It's a much better experience if you are coming from a CS background.
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