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Currency TextInput

August 29, 2009 2 comments

In my project, i needed to create some action as below for TextInput:

  • Focus Out: Automatically format the inputted value as currency
  • Focus In: Remove all currency characters and display as normal Number
  • Text attribute: always return as normal number characters string (Without [,]  and [$])

One more requirement is that, it must be a components for later use.

I think it’s enough introduction. Actually, this can be done easily by creating a class that extends TextInput class. I also override focusOutHandler() and focusInHandler() to process the display data as i want before showing it on TextInput. The last thing is Text property,  because i must use CurrencyFormatter to format data each time the focus is out, so if user call the Text attribute, the result which user can receive is a formatted string and cannot insert into a number column in database. To do that, i must remove all [,] and [$] out of the string.

Here is my source:

package components {

import mx.controls.TextInput;
import mx.formatters.CurrencyFormatter;

*  Currency TextInput component
public class CurrencyTextInput extends TextInput {

private var reg:RegExp = /[,$]/g;
private var formatter:CurrencyFormatter = null;

override public function get text():String {
return super.text.replace(reg, "");

* Constructor
public function CurrencyTextInput() {
// create new formatter
formatter = new CurrencyFormatter();
// set defafult currency symbol
formatter.currencySymbol = "$";

* Format data before lost focus event happen
* @param    event
override protected function focusOutHandler(event:FocusEvent):void {
text = formatter.format(text);


* Flush out [,] and [$] characters
* before getting focus
* @param    event
override protected function focusInHandler(event:FocusEvent):void {

text = text.replace(reg, "");


And then, how to use it in mxml

<mx:Application xmlns:mx="" xmlns:custom="components.*">
<custom:CurrencyTextInput id="unit_price" width = "150"/>

This is still simple but you can add other attributes to allow user to control the format pattern more easily.

Hope this help!

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Get selected cell value of DataGrid in FLex

August 26, 2009 6 comments

In the DataGrid control of Flex, it doesn’t support any property related to the selected column index so we cannot get its value directly. Instead, we have to use other way. DataGrid supports events called [ItemClick] or [ItemDoubleClick], when using these events, we can retrieve the column index of the clicked item.

To demonstrate this action, i created an sample that includes a DataGrid and a PopupWindow. When user click on an item of DataGrid, it’ll get the selected column value and display on the PopupWindow. (the two forms must be put at the same directory)

The first is MainForm.mxml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<mx:Application xmlns:mx="" layout="vertical">
import mx.controls.DataGrid;
import mx.collections.ArrayCollection;
import mx.containers.TitleWindow;
import mx.managers.PopUpManager;
import PopupForm;</code>

private var dgArrayCollection:ArrayCollection =
new ArrayCollection([
{id:'1', name:'John'},
{id:'2', name:'Alex'},
{id:'3', name:'Peter'},
{id:'4', name:'Sam'},
{id:'5', name:'Alis'},
{id:'6', name:'Robin'},
{id:'7', name:'Mark'},
{id:'8', name:'Steave'},
{id:'9', name:'Fill'},
{id:'10', name:'Abraham'},
{id:'11', name:'Hennery'},
{id:'12', name:'Luis'},
{id:'13', name:'Herry'},
{id:'14', name:'Markus'},
{id:'15', name:'Flip'}

private var newPopUp:PopupForm;

private function showPopUp(event:ListEvent):void {
var newPopUp:PopupForm = PopupForm(PopUpManager.createPopUp(this, PopupForm, true));

// Get the target of this event (Datagrid)
var dataGrid:DataGrid = as DataGrid;
// Get selected column index
var dsColumnIndex:Number = event.columnIndex;
// based on the selected column index
// Get the DataGridColumn object to get the selected column name
var col:DataGridColumn = dataGrid.columns[dsColumnIndex];
// Get selected cell value from the selected row and column name
var newValue:String = dataGrid.selectedItem[col.dataField];

newPopUp.txtFromOutSide = newValue;

<mx:VBox width="300" height="100%" horizontalAlign="center" verticalAlign="middle">
<mx:DataGrid id="dg" width="50%" height="100%" borderStyle="none"
dataProvider="{dgArrayCollection}" doubleClickEnabled="true" itemDoubleClick="showPopUp(event)" >
<mx:DataGridColumn dataField="id" headerText="ID"/>
<mx:DataGridColumn dataField="name" headerText="Name"/>

The second form is PopupForm.mxml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<mx:TitleWindow xmlns:mx=""
width="200" height="150" borderStyle="solid"
borderColor="0xCCCCCC" cornerRadius="5">

import mx.managers.PopUpManager;

public var txtFromOutSide: String;

private function onClose():void {



<mx:VBox width="100%" horizontalAlign="center" verticalAlign="middle">
<mx:Label id="lbl" text="{txtFromOutSide}" textAlign="center"/>
<mx:Button label="OK" click="onClose()"/>

Hope this help!

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Simple login form with Flex and XML as database

August 17, 2009 3 comments

I want to create a simple login form to learn how to work with Validation and XML database (based on E4X) in Flex.


Fist we need an XML file which contains our login information, i call it [data.xml]. We have two [user] elements (but you can add as much as you want), each element contains one user’s data includes user id and password. This file must be put at the same folder as the compiled source file. To learn more about XML, visit the W3Schools’ XML Tutorial at

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″ ?>
         <username>Nguyen Van A</username>
         <username>Tran Van B</username>

The next step is to create an mxml file called login.mxml. This file is used to control login form’s layout and handle event. The controls do not have anything paticularly complex. We start with a panel , inside it we add two Textinput controls for user id, password and a button to submit data. Finally, we have two StringValidators used for [Required], [MinLength], [MaxLength] validation.

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?>
<mx:Application xmlns:mx=””  layout=”absolute”>
   <!-- Validation -->
   <mx:StringValidator id=”useridValidator” required=”true”
          minLength=”6” maxLength=”25″
          source=”{userid}” property=”text”
          trigger=”{btnLogin}” triggerEvent=”click” />

   <mx:StringValidator id=”passwordValidator” required=”true”
          minLength=”6” maxLength=”25″
          source=”{password}” property=”text”
          trigger=”{btnLogin}” triggerEvent=”click” />

   <!-- Main form controls -->
   <mx:Panel title=”Login Form” horizontalCenter=”0″ verticalCenter=”0″>
         <mx:FormItem label=”User ID”>
            <mx:TextInput id=”userid” />
         <mx:FormItem label=”Password”>
            <mx:TextInput id=”password” displayAsPassword=”true” />
            <mx:Button id=”btnLogin” label=”Login”  />

We finished the layout. Now we’re going to start building the action script to hanle screen related events. At the initialization stage, we’ll add two validators into an array for later validation. (Remember to add creationComplete=”init()” into <mx:Application>)

private var validatorArr:Array;

* Initialization method
public function init():void {
   // Add validators to array for validating all at one time
   validatorArr = new Array();

then when user click on [Login] button we must call the inserted validators to validate user’s inputted data. If the result is valid, start loading data from XML and loop through it to find if the inputted data exist.

* User's information checking
* based on the inputted data
public function loginCheck():void  {
   // Starting to validate
   var errorArr:Array = Validator.validateAll(validatorArr)
   // if the error array contain any data, =&gt; error
   var isValid:Boolean = errorArr.length == 0;

   if (isValid) {
      // Load user data

private function doLogin():void {
   // Point to the data file's path
   var request:URLRequest = new URLRequest("data.xml");

   loader = new URLLoader();
   try {
   } catch (error:SecurityError) {
      trace("A SecurityError has occurred.");

   // If error, go to errorHandler function
   loader.addEventListener(IOErrorEvent.IO_ERROR, errorHandler);
   // once the load action was complated, go to loaderCompleteHandler() for
   // checking user information
   loader.addEventListener(Event.COMPLETE, loaderCompleteHandler);

private function loaderCompleteHandler(event:Event):void {
   var logged:Boolean = false;
   try {
      // Convert data into E4X class for easy access to elements
      externalXML = new XML(;

      // Loop through the user list to check
      // if the inputted user id and password are valid
      for each (var user:XML in externalXML.elements()) {
         if (user.userid == userid.text && user.password == password.text) {
            // user has an valid account
            logged = true;
            // Don't need to continue
      if (logged) {'Congratulation, you logged in!', 'Information');
         // you could redirect user to main form here
      } else {'User ID or Password is not correct, please try again!', 'Error');

   } catch (e:TypeError) {
      trace("Could not parse the XML file.");
private function errorHandler(e:IOErrorEvent):void {"Had problem loading the XML File.");

The final step is to add click event for Login button [click=”loginCheck()”].

Reference resources

Working with XML in Flex 3 and Java-part1

Hope this help!

※All comments or improve ideas will always be appreciated.

In the next article, I’ll show you how to make login form using Flex and AMFPHP (a remote object access method)

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Error: unable to resolve ‘image name’ for transcoding

August 14, 2009 3 comments

i needed to find some sample about how to customize default flex PreLoader and found two great tutorials

Custom Flex 3 Lightweight Preloader with source code
Flex Custom Preloader

When i tried to add into my project and built it, the [Error: unable to resolve ‘image name’ for transcoding] was thrown. Because i’m using FlashDevelop so it might be a little difference from Flex Builder. Maybe the image path cannot be regconized. The original source code as below:

[Embed("Assets/Pathfinder_Logo_Blue.png") ]
[Bindable] public var Logo:Class;

To handle the error, the solution is kind of simple. Just add [/] before the path that points to the image.

[Embed("/Assets/Pathfinder_Logo_Blue.png") ]
[Bindable] public var Logo:Class;
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Flex custom Alert message

August 6, 2009 4 comments

How do you feel about the default Flex Alert box? i think it’s kind of simple, don’t you?

Udayms give us an amazing customize of it from here. His example works fine except with Confirm message. Even if yes or no is selected, nothing seem to happen. I don’t know if i missed something but after trying to look around finally i figured it out.

public static function confirm(message:String, parent:Sprite=null, closehandler:Function=null):void{
   //show(message, "Confirmation", Alert.YES | Alert.NO, null, closehandler, iconConfirm);
   show(message,  'Confirmation',  Alert.OK| Alert.CANCEL, null,  closehandler,  iconConfirm, Alert.OK);

By replacing Alert.YES/Alert.No by Alert.OK/Alert.CANCEL it seems work in my case.

Click here to download source code.

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HTTPService result remains previous loaded data

August 6, 2009 Leave a comment

I have a form with a Datagrid and an add new button (Original from When this form is launched, it’ll load all data and display on grid. After first call, although i tried to add new records to database, the display content of Datagrid is still the same as before.

This problem took me a lot of time before i figured out how to solve. It seems that the HTTP response had been cached by IE because the request URL remains the same each time the form is loaded.

So the key is how to change the request content when a request is launched? The answer is that we can use timestamp as a request parameter. This’s because the value of timestamp keep changing each time we have a request, so it’ll always be different.

   url="http://localhost/flex/php/1/employees.php?{new Date().toDateString() + new Date().toTimeString()}"
   useProxy="false" />
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First Flex program using Flex SDK 3 and FLashDevelop

July 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Recently, i’ve been learning something new called Adobe Flex and i’m really impressed by how easy it be to create smooth interfaces. (I’m not good at design, so thanks god that Adobe has supplied a great Framework)

First, to develop Flex you need an IDE. Adobe gives us one called Adobe Flex Builder here around 249$. But maybe this is this a problem, right? Then, after trying to search aroung the Internet, i found one way to develop Flex totally free

Steps to install:

  • Run FlashDevelop-3.0.2-RTM.exe to setup FlashDevelop
  • Extract Flex SDK to anywhere you want (i put in C:\Flex)
  • Double click on designview.air to setup screen design tool

Before starting to play around with Flex, we need some settings.

  • Open the FlashDevelop
  • Go to Tools > Program Settings and choose AS3Context under Plugins list
  • Set [Flex SDK Location] point to where you have placed Flex SDK (mine is C:\Flex)

Now we have prepared anything needed to develop Flex. Let’s create an easiest program.

1. From FlexDevelop [Project] menu, click New Project
2. Once the window is opened, select [Flex 3 Project] and input project name (Remember to check on [Create directory for project])
3. There’ll be a file called Main.mxml under [src] directory which is used as our main place for coding.
i want to display a button, if this button is clicked then a message box’ll be shown. so let’s input some code as below into Main.mxml

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?>
<mx:Application xmlns:mx=””>
import mx.controls.Alert;
public function showMsg():void {"Hello World");
<mx:Button label=”Click me” click=”showMsg()” />

4. Click on the project’s name and select properties then set Test Movie to [Play in popup]
5. Click [Test Movie] to run
6. What do you see?

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