Assembling and transforming XML objects

Flash Player 9 and later, Adobe AIR 1.0 and later

Use the prependChild() method or the appendChild() method to add a property to the beginning or end of an XML object’s list of properties, as the following example shows:

var x1:XML = <p>Line 1</p>  
var x2:XML = <p>Line 2</p>  
var x:XML = <body></body> 
x = x.appendChild(x1); 
x = x.appendChild(x2); 
x = x.prependChild(<p>Line 0</p>); 
    // x == <body><p>Line 0</p><p>Line 1</p><p>Line 2</p></body>

Use the insertChildBefore() method or the insertChildAfter() method to add a property before or after a specified property, as follows:

var x:XML =  
        <p>Paragraph 1</p>  
        <p>Paragraph 2</p> 
var newNode:XML = <p>Paragraph 1.5</p>  
x = x.insertChildAfter(x.p[0], newNode) 
x = x.insertChildBefore(x.p[2], <p>Paragraph 1.75</p>)

As the following example shows, you can also use curly brace operators ( { and } ) to pass data by reference (from other variables) when constructing XML objects:

var ids:Array = [121, 122, 123];  
var names:Array = [["Murphy","Pat"], ["Thibaut","Jean"], ["Smith","Vijay"]] 
var x:XML = new XML("<employeeList></employeeList>"); 
for (var i:int = 0; i < 3; i++) 
    var newnode:XML = new XML();  
    newnode = 
        <employee id={ids[i]}> 
    x = x.appendChild(newnode) 

You can assign properties and attributes to an XML object by using the = operator, as in the following:

var x:XML =  
x.firstname = "Jean"; 
x.@id = "239";

This sets the XML object x to the following:

<employee id="239"> 

You can use the + and += operators to concatenate XMLList objects:

var x1:XML = <a>test1</a>  
var x2:XML = <b>test2</b>  
var xList:XMLList = x1 + x2; 
xList += <c>test3</c>

This sets the XMLList object xList to the following:


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