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From Greg Brown <gkbr...@mac.com>
Subject Re: Components made up of Java class and WTKX markup
Date Mon, 01 Feb 2010 15:59:45 GMT
You could do this using the approach I outlined below. You could also define a custom "composite"
component. This would be a class that extends Container and installs a skin that manages the
various subcomponents.

If the component is only going to be used within a single application, the first approach
is probably a better choice since it will be easier to implement. If you plan to use it across
multiple applications, you may want to consider the second approach.


On Feb 1, 2010, at 10:44 AM, Cuong Diep wrote:

> Hi,
> Sorry I did't make myself a bit clearer.
> I suppose what I'm trying to work out is how to create a 'black-box component' that consists
of many widgets.  For example, a 'paging table' component that consists of a TableView but
also Labels to show total number of items, starting item number, end item number, LinkButtons
for next and previous page, etc. etc.
> I'd like to be reuse the above component but may want to change the position or alignment
of the labels or link buttons or hide them completely.
> What would be the best way to do this?
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Greg Brown <gkbrown@mac.com>
> To: user@pivot.apache.org
> Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 12:45:27 -0500
> Subject: Re: Components made up of Java class and WTKX markup
> Hi Cuong,
> > Let's say I have the class AboutPane [extends BoxPane] and I have the markup file
AboutPane.wtkx which has the content
> >
> > <mycorp:AboutPane ...>
> >     <Label wtkx:id="version" text="Version 1.0" />
> > </mycorp>
> >
> > That is, AboutPane always has a Label to display a 'version' value.
> >
> > To include in my app, I do a '<wtkx:include src="AboutPane.wtkx />' in my
main markup file, but within AboutPane.java, how do I reference the 'version' property from
within, say, AboutPane's constructor?
> If AboutPane implements org.apache.pivot.wtkx.Bindable and declares a Label member as
follows, you can get access to the label in the initialize() method:
> @WTKX private Label version;
> (the annotation is also defined in org.apache.pivot.wtkx)
> > Inversely, I can do a '<mycorp:AboutPane />' in my main markup file, but how
do tell Pivot to parse and render AboutPane.wtkx (as it automagically includes the version
> Not entirely sure what you are looking for, but perhaps you want to use an include?
> <wtkx:include src="AboutPane.wtkx"/>
> Hope this helps,
> Greg

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