[ALOY-382] rightNavButton markup (and other similar properties)

GitHub Issuen/a
Resolution Date2012-12-07T20:09:30.000+0000
Affected Version/sAlloy 0.3.1
Fix Version/sAlloy 0.3.4, 2012 Sprint 25
ReporterTony Lukasavage



After revisiting an original idea for this ticket and a discussion with Fokke, the more expressive and perhaps purer solution would be to incorporate properties that take proxies as values as additional special markup.
        <!-- the rest of the window's view hierarchy -->
While it might appear simpler to just imply that is the button itself, that property actually takes a Titanium.UI.View, so it could be something other than a button. And this is only one case. In order to be uniform with the other similar properties that will behave in this manner, the property name will be used as a container for the component that will eventually be its value.

APIs to be covered in this ticket

* *Ti.UI.Window* ** leftNavButton ** rightNavButton ** titleControl * *Ti.UI.TableView* ** footerView ** headerPullView ** headerView ** search Additional APIs will be covered in future tickets.


Right now to set a property that relies on another UI component, like rightNavButton for Windows, you still need to do so in code:
$.someWindow.rightNavButton = Ti.UI.createButton({
    title: 'press me'
What would be good would to be able to specify this stuff in markup, and thereby being able to apply styles and such in the process:
<Window rightNavButton="someButton">
    <Button id="someButton" title="press me"/>
In this situation, Alloy should be smart enough to assign the rightNavButton by the given id, and also *NOT* add someButton to the view hierarchy. If the button is specified outside of the Window though, like this:
<Window rightNavButton="someButton"/>
<Button id="someButton" inViewHierarchy="false" title="press me"/>
The *inViewHierarchy* attribute, when set to false, would indicate that the UI component is not to be added to the view hierarchy by Alloy. This would obviously apply to more than just rightNavButton. It could apply to pretty much any property of a Titanium proxy that requires a reference to another proxy. rightNavButton, leftNavButton, searchbar (tableview), etc...


  1. Fokke Zandbergen 2012-12-07
  2. Tony Lukasavage 2012-12-07 @Fokke, your example was originally how I had planned to implement Titanium proxy properties that take other proxies as values. The reason I switched gears and went for the ID-driven solution was for the sake of uniformity and simplicity. Now each property needs its own XML notation that has a special meaning, rather than just assigning an ID to any property that takes a proxy. Having said that, and considering that I agree with you on ALOY-383, I'm starting to shift back to my original thinking (and your current thinking) that the most expressive way to show these properties is as you put forth above. Yes, it'll be a little more documentation, but there aren't that many occurrences of these properties in the API, and it makes the markup VERY clear as to the association of components. With the ID-driven solution, a developer could potentially be searching through ID names to find the associated component. Great feedback Fokke. I think you've officially switched me back.
  3. Tony Lukasavage 2012-12-07 As I continue to implement and test, I found another plus side of the solution. Being able to define it as its own markup element allows developers to take advantage of the *platform* and *formFactor* attribtues as well for code reduction and optimization. SO in the the case of a rightNavButton, you could not even have it present on android, where it is not used:
       		    		<LeftNavButton platform="!android">
       		    			<Button onClick="doAlert">button</Button>
  4. Fokke Zandbergen 2012-12-07 @Tony You're welcome! And great thinking on the platform and formFactor thing!
  5. Tony Lukasavage 2012-12-07 All listed APIs have been implemented with specialized markup. Examples of all can be found in the the [ui/proxy_properties test app](https://github.com/appcelerator/alloy/tree/master/test/apps/ui/proxy_properties) in the github repository.
  6. Richard Lustemberg 2013-01-16 The rightNavButton markup hasn't been implemented yet for popovers. I created an issue for that ( TC-1759), in the wrong group (Titanium Community)

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