Handling broken images in Flex 2

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A friend had a simple question:

If I use the mx:Image tag to load an image and get a 404, how do I handle that?

I jokingly said that the tag should support an onLoad type event so you could check the http status codes. Turn out I wasn't far from the truth. Mike Kollen (The Uber Flex Instructor) sent me this simple block of code as an example of how to handle it:

<mx:Image source="assets/f{dgMovies.selectedItem.FILMID}.gif" ioError="ioError()" id="movieImage" width="110" />

private function ioError():void { movieImage.source = "assets/no_image.gif"; }

Talk about simple. Half of my battles with Flex are simply learning how to do stuff - and luckily when I do learn - it typically turns out to be easy to implement.

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by Kevin Schmidt posted on 11/22/2006 at 6:13 AM

Ray - I'm finding that most things in Flex are simple and I'm loving it.

Comment 2 by Mark Drew posted on 11/22/2006 at 1:04 PM

Ray, you seem to have not closed a tag or something in your post, the rest of the blog has a courier font ...

Comment 3 by Raymond Camden posted on 11/22/2006 at 1:17 PM

Thanks. Fixed.

Comment 4 by Scott Stroz posted on 11/22/2006 at 6:42 PM

Ray - You can reuse this little snippet elsewhere by rewriting it a bit.

<mx:Image source="assets/f{dgMovies.selectedItem.FILMID}.gif" ioError="ioError(movieImage)" id="movieImage" width="110" />

private function ioError(item:Image):void {
item.source = "assets/no_image.gif";

Comment 5 by Raymond Camden posted on 11/22/2006 at 6:54 PM

Makes perfect sense, Scott. Thanks!