Saturday, December 10, 2011

AIR: Adobe AIR with SQLite database

An AIR application that doesn’t need to store data on your computer is extremely rare. That is why I have created a basic application that should help you understand and learn how you can store data in SQLite database. 

The example is really basic but it should get you an idea on how to do it.


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<s:WindowedApplication xmlns:fx="" 
                       creationComplete="start()" width="800" height="600" viewSourceURL="srcview/index.html">
        <!-- Place non-visual elements (e.g., services, value objects) here -->
    <fx:Script source=""/>
    <s:Label x="10" y="20" text="First name:"/>
    <s:Button x="394" y="10" label="Add" click="addItem()"/>
    <s:Label x="202" y="20" text="Last name:"/>
    <s:Button label="Remove selected" y="10" x="472" click="remove()" enabled="{dg.selectedIndex != -1}"/>
    <s:TextInput x="77" y="10" width="117" id="first_name"/>
    <s:TextInput x="268" y="10" width="117" id="last_name"/>
    <mx:DataGrid id="dg" left="10" right="10" top="40" bottom="10" dataProvider="{dp}">
            <mx:DataGridColumn headerText="Index:" dataField="id"/>
            <mx:DataGridColumn headerText="First name" dataField="first_name"/>
            <mx:DataGridColumn headerText="Last name" dataField="last_name"/>

import flash.errors.SQLError;
import flash.filesystem.File;
import flash.utils.Timer;

import mx.collections.ArrayCollection;
import mx.controls.Alert;
import mx.utils.ObjectUtil;


// sqlc is a variable we need to define the connection to our database
private var sqlc:SQLConnection = new SQLConnection();
// sqlc is an SQLStatment which we need to execute our sql commands
private var sqls:SQLStatement = new SQLStatement();
   ArrayCollection used as a data provider for the datagrid. It has to 
   be bindable so that data in datagrid changes automatically when we change 
   the ArrayCollection.
private var dp:ArrayCollection = new ArrayCollection();
    function we call at the begining when application has finished loading and bulding itself.
private function start():void
      first we need to set the file class for our database (in this example test.db). 

      If the Database doesn't exists it will be created when we open it.
    var db:File = File.applicationStorageDirectory.resolvePath("test.db");
    // after we set the file for our database we need to open it with our SQLConnection.
      we need to set some event listeners so we know if we get an sql error, 
      when the database is fully opened and to know when we recive a resault from an sql statment. 
      The last one is used to read data out of database.
    sqlc.addEventListener(SQLEvent.OPEN, db_opened);
    sqls.addEventListener(SQLEvent.RESULT, result);
private function db_opened(e:SQLEvent):void
      when the database is opened we need to link the SQLStatment to our 
      SQLConnection, so that sql statments for the right database.
     if you don't set this connection you will get an error when you 
      execute sql statement.
       */    sqls.sqlConnection = sqlc;
      in property text of our SQLStatment we write our sql command. 
      We can also combine sql statments in our text property so that more than one 
      statement can be executed at a time.
     in this sql statment we create table in our database with name 
     "test_table" with three columns (id, first_name and last_name). Id is an 
     integer that is auto incremented when each item is added. First_name and last_name
     are columns in which we can store text.
     If you want to know more about sql statements search the web.
    sqls.text = "CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS test_table 
                 ( id INTEGER PRIMARY KEY AUTOINCREMENT, first_name TEXT, last_name TEXT);";
      after we have connected sql statement to our sql connection and written 
      our sql commands we also need to execute our sql statment.
      nothing will change in database until we execute sql statement.
       */    sqls.execute();
     after we load the database and create the table if it doesn't already 
     exists, we call refresh method which i have created to populate our datagrid
        */    refresh();
// function to add item to our database
private function addItem():void
    // in this sql statment we add item at the end of our table with values 
    // first_name.text in column first_name and last_name.text for column last_name
    sqls.text = "INSERT INTO test_table (first_name, last_name) 

// function to call when we want to refresh the data in datagrid
private function refresh(e:TimerEvent = null):void
    // timer object which we need if sql statment is still executing so that we 
    // can try again after 10 milliseconds.
    var timer:Timer = new Timer(10,1);
    timer.addEventListener(TimerEvent.TIMER, refresh);
    // we need to check if our sql statment is still executing our last sql command. 
    // If so we use Timer to try again in 10 milliseconds. If we wouldn't check we 
    // could get an error because SQLStatment can't execute two statments at the same time.
    if ( !sqls.executing )
        // sql statment which returns all the data from our "test_table". 
        // To retrive only data from first_name and last_name columns we would use 
        // "SELECT first_name,last_name FROM test_table"
        sqls.text = "SELECT * FROM test_table";

// method that gets called if we recive some resaults from our sql commands.
// this method would also get called for sql statments to insert item and 
// to create table but in this case sqls.getResault().data would be null.
private function resault(e:SQLEvent):void
    // with sqls.getResault().data we get the array of objects for each row out of our database
    var data:Array = sqls.getResult().data;
    // we pass the array of objects to our data provider to fill the datagrid
    dp = new ArrayCollection(data);

// method to remove row from database.
private function remove():void
    // sql statement to delete from our test_table the row that has the 
    // same number in number column as our selected row from datagrid
    sqls.text = "DELETE FROM test_table WHERE id="+dp[dg.selectedIndex].id;
// method which gets called when we recive an error  from sql connection 
// or sql statement and displays the error in the alert
private function error(e:SQLErrorEvent):void

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