Monthly Archives: May, 2011

Goodbye to Flex

Today is officially my last day on the Flex SDK team. I have been testing the SDK for over six years. I started on the team when Flex was just finishing up its 1.5 release. Look how far its come!  I am not leaving Adobe, however. I am simply switching roles to become a quality engineering manager on the Flash Player team. I thought it was time to try my hand at something a little new. I look forward to the new people and challenges.

I have always been a huge proponent of community feedback on the team and as my last gift to customers, I just finished sending off “Flex Community Hero” mugs to all of the customers who filed a bug and had it fixed in our last Flex 4.5 release. If you filed and SDK bug that was fixed, you probably even got a handwritten letter from our QA team. These contributions from the community are really appreciated.

For now, this blog will likely be pretty quiet with relation to Flex content.

Getting scrolling right in a mobile horizontal list

With the release of Flex 4.5, you can now use Flex to build mobile applications. One of the features added to the Spark List to support mobile was the addition of bounce/pull effects at the beginning and end of a list. You can see this behavior by pulling down on the top of a list or up on the bottom of the list. When you do this, you will get a ‘bounce’ effect from the List’s boundaries.

In the majority of applications, you will choose to use a vertical list. However, occasionally, you may want to use a horizontal list. If you do this, you will get some strange default behavior with regards to scrolling in your horizontal list. In the horizontal direction, scrolling will work as expected. However, in the vertical direction, where there should be no scrolling, you will actual be able to pull up and pull down on the top and bottom boundaries. This is because the bounce and pull effects are actually still on in the vertical direction. To get the expected scrolling behavior for a horizontal list, you will want to turn verticalScrollPolicy=”off” on the List.

<s:List id=”colorList” dataProvider=”{colorsArray}” width=”100%” itemRenderer=”ColorRenderer”
y=”40″ selectedIndex=”0″ verticalScrollPolicy=”off”>
<s:HorizontalLayout  />

For more information on this, you can check out bug: SDK-28980

Here is an example mobile project that uses a horizontal list of colors to select a frame for an image.

Source: ColorFun.fxp