Robotlegs AIR application with standard top menu bar?

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28 Feb, 2010 08:30 PM

HI i am new to Robotlegs and have ready the docs and looked at some of the demos. I am looking for a simple example that shows a flex-based AIR app with the standard Menu bar support on the top bar. None of the demos I've looked at include any type of standard menu. Is anyone aware of a demo with a top menu bar in an AIR app? I use Flex Builder Pro for as3 dev. Switching to robotlegs due to IoC/DI support. Thanks for any help.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Joel Hooks on 04 Mar, 2010 08:06 AM

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    I haven't seen anything related to the menu bar in terms of demos. It should just mediate though (as well as individual items if you need that sort of granularity.)

  2. 2 Posted by willdady on 15 Mar, 2010 11:22 PM

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    I've done exactly this recently. Unfortunately the app isn't finished so I can't show an example.

    Basically I have a mediator which mediates my main WindowedApplication. The mediator gains access to the menu via a public exposed property.

  3. 3 Posted by RichSad on 15 Mar, 2010 11:44 PM

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    Hi Will and Joel,

    Thanks. I will post a small example somewhere when I get a chance. Been using Robotlegs for a week or two on a new application. It is so great to have dependency injection in AS3!

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Joel Hooks on 16 Mar, 2010 04:28 AM

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    I was testing this out a bit and you can in fact mediate the NativeMenu.

       public class TestContext extends Context
            override public function startup():void
                mediatorMap.mapView(NativeMenu, MenuMediator);
                mediatorMap.mapView(TestMediateMenu, AppMediator);
       public class AppMediator extends Mediator
            public var view:TestMediateMenu;
            override public function onRegister():void

    Couple things to keep in mind is that NativeMenu is NOT a DisplayObject and doesn't fire an ADDED_TO_STAGE event. In fact, the menu is already made when the app is initialized. To get it mediated you want to mediate it prior to mediating the application itself. In the Application mediator's onRegister you then have to manually create the mediator for the menu. This general process would also work for menu items.

    This was just a half-assed attempt at this to see if it would work. Enough to get started though I hope.

  5. Joel Hooks closed this discussion on 16 Mar, 2010 04:28 AM.

  6. RichSad re-opened this discussion on 16 Mar, 2010 10:49 AM

  7. 5 Posted by RichSad on 16 Mar, 2010 10:49 AM

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    That's fantastic Joel. Thanks. I'm enjoying Robotlegs and hoping to contribute something back to the community.

  8. 6 Posted by surya on 28 Aug, 2010 09:09 PM

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    This method didn't work for me, but I found one that does:

    In my AppMediator:

    override public function onRegister() : void {
            var appMenu:AppMenu = new AppMenu(contextView.stage);

    I couldn't get access to the, but thanks to MonsterDebugger I found it easily available through the openedWindows array.

    The AppMenu class extends NativeMenuItem and generates the menu for the application (hence the need to inject the Stage).

  9. Stray closed this discussion on 12 Feb, 2011 10:50 PM.

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