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Passing the rest parameter

As you probably know, you can create a function where the last parameter is a “…rest” variable.

You probably also know that when inside the function, the comma delimited variables from the caller show up as an array. This is unfortunate when you want to pass the set of values through to another function.

Enter the apply function. What this means is that you can take the array that just came in and pass the parameters off to another function in the same manner it came in, as long as it isn’t a constructor. Adobe has deferred that until later.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<s:Application xmlns:fx="http://ns.adobe.com/mxml/2009" 
			   minWidth="1024" minHeight="768"

			import mx.events.FlexEvent;
			import mx.utils.ObjectUtil;
			protected function application1_creationCompleteHandler(event:FlexEvent):void
				one("this", "is", "a", "set", "of", "parameters");
			private function one(...parameters):void
				//Bummer, I can't send parameters down to two as it came in...
				//Or can I ?
				two.apply(this, parameters);
				//You can of course manipulate the rest parameter before passing it on...
				parameters.unshift(parameters.shift(), "really");
				two.apply(this, parameters);
			private function two(...parameters):void
				trace( ObjectUtil.toString(parameters) );

  1. abner
    June 18, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    great post man… thx a lot!!!

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