Allot of online applications today presenting anything from news, to photos, to video all have a public rating feature. So here is a component that can serve as a really good start.

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Sometimes a ComboBox with icons in the list as well as in the text display area can be useful. However the out of the box Flex ComboBox component dosn’t support this. Here is one way of doing it.

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I’ve updated the Flex 2.0.1 Tree with Spring Loaded Folders code to take care of a couple small bugs, plus added some features. Support for optional restricted operations during both drag and drop (including inheritance support). Optional drag proxy when dragging multiple items. Operation restriction when dragging into originating node (into self).

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Well here is my version of an extended Flex tab navigator. I implemented a proper proxy image for the drag operations. Dragging between navigators (very handy for larger applications). Got your standard close button happening, optional of course (as a style). Click an item in the popup list, if not visible the item clicked becomes the first tab. Drag from the popup list is implemented. Drag and drop into a navigator container places the tab as the first item.

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I’ve decided to both update the sample on the original post, and explain the error in a new post for those that have already downloaded the example. Turns out it’s actually something to remember.

In today’s post Flex 2.0 Tree control with Spring Loaded Folders there was a nasty framework bug. The bug only happens sometimes so it was not detected right away. None the less it is a show stopper for those wishing to use the technique on the tree control.

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Although the techniques described here can be applied in other ways, and on other components; one of the most practical is the tree control.

When dragging items in a Flex application the user is mouse blocked. The left mouse button is used to initiate, and keep alive the drag operation. The tree control being comprised of folders and items posses a particular problem. If the user wishes to drag the items into a closed folder, the user would have to first open the desired destination folder, then perform the drag operation. 

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A couple of people over on Flexcoders have expressed interest in customizing the Flex divider box. As this is something I happened to have played with, I thought I would share it. Styled gradient fill, close and open state button, border colors, and a couple of other goodies.

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