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Greetings, AYFABU readers. Welcome to my wonderful little blog about CF, Flex, Tech and life in general. Be sure to catch up on some of my previous posts (there’s not too many of them).

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Flex Not-So Custom Preloader

Today I got a request to change the “Loading” text in the preloader of a Flex app. To my surprise, I didn’t see any examples on how to do this, so I thought I’d share my results.

When you like the existing preloader, but want to just make little tiny changes to it, here’s what you do. You’ll first need to go ahead and create a custom preloader class that extends DownloadProgressBar (the default preloader). In this new class, you’ll see the spot where you can just make tweaks to the preloader’s values:

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package org.iotashan.components
{
    import mx.preloaders.DownloadProgressBar;

    public class CustomPreloader extends DownloadProgressBar
    {
        public function CustomPreloader()
        {
            super();
            // set your properties here
            this.downloadingLabel = "Getting the hampster to run on the wheel";
        }
       
    }
}

Once you’ve created this custom preloader, you just have to assign it to your application:

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<mx:Application xmlns:mx="http://www.adobe.com/2006/mxml" preloader="org.iotashan.components.CustomPreloader">

That’s it. Check out the live example here.

Hello CFBloggers, 360Flex

Greetings to the peeps coming cfbloggers.com! I’m happy to announce that someone finally answered my requests to aggro my blog, so hopefully I’ll start getting more than a dozen readers :)

If this is your first visit, be sure to visit the categories that interest you. I don’t have all too many posts, so it will be very easy to catch up. Maybe someone will finally leave a comment, too.

Yesterday I finished reserving and registering everything for 360Flex Atlanta. I’ve never been to Atlanta before… What’s good to see while I’m there?