Using PopUpManager.addPopUp from ActionScript classes

A fairly typical use case I frequently run into is the need to display some form of TitleWindow using the PopUpManager class (usually when a simple Alert won’t do the job).  This is simple when addPopUp is invoked from within a view (MXML):

 PopUpManager.addPopUp(titleWindow, this);

The keyword this is fine when calling from within an view as it refers to the current DisplayObject.  When calling from a pure ActionScript class however this won’t work as “this” refers to the class and not a Display Object.

Instead, to get a reference to the root application (which is normally good enough if you just want to display a simple popup) use the following:

 PopUpManager.addPopUp(titleWindow, Application.application.getChildAt(0));

This will add the popup to the root display object contained within the Application.


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