How to use the DateTimeSpinner component (Starling version)

The DateTimeSpinner component allows the selection of date and time values using a set of SpinnerList components. It support multiple editing modes to allow users to select only the date, only the time, or both.

Screenshot of Feathers a DateTimeSpinner component
A DateTimeSpinner component skinned with MetalWorksMobileTheme

The Basics

First, let's create a DateTimeSpinner control, set up its editing mode and its range of values, and add it to the display list.

var spinner:DateTimeSpinner = new DateTimeSpinner();
spinner.editingMode = DateTimeMode.DATE;
spinner.minimum = new Date(1970, 0, 1);
spinner.maximum = new Date(2050, 11, 31);
spinner.value = new Date(2015, 10, 31);
this.addChild( spinner );

The value property indicates the currently selected date and time, while the minimum and maximum properties establish a range of possible values. You may omit the minimum and maximum properties, and reasonable defaults will be chosen automatically.

The editingMode property determines how the date and time are displayed.

  • DateTimeMode.DATE displays only the date, without the time. The month and day are displayed in order based on the current locale.
  • DateTimeMode.TIME displays only the time, without the date. The time is displayed in either 12-hour or 24-hour format based on the current locale.
  • DateTimeMode.DATE_AND_TIME displays both the date and the time. As with the previous mode, the current locale determines formatting.

Add a listener to the Event.CHANGE event to know when the value property changes:

spinner.addEventListener( Event.CHANGE, spinner_changeHandler );

The listener might look something like this:

function spinner_changeHandler( event:Event ):void
    var spinner:DateTimeSpinner = DateTimeSpinner( event.currentTarget );
    trace( "spinner.value changed:", spinner.value );

Skinning a DateTimeSpinner

The skins for a DateTimeSpinner control are divided into multiple SpinnerList components. For full details about which properties are available, see the DateTimeSpinner API reference. We'll look at a few of the most common properties below.

Skinning the SpinnerList sub-components

This section only explains how to access the SpinnerList sub-components. Please read How to use the SpinnerList component for full details about the skinning properties that are available on SpinnerList components.

With a Theme

If you're creating a theme, you can target the DateTimeSpinner.DEFAULT_CHILD_STYLE_NAME_LIST style name.

getStyleProviderForClass( SpinnerList )
    .setFunctionForStyleName( DateTimeSpinner.DEFAULT_CHILD_STYLE_NAME_LIST, setDateTimeSpinnerListStyles );

The styling function might look like this:

private function setDateTimeSpinnerListStyles( list:SpinnerList ):void
	var skin:Image = new Image( texture );
	skin.scale9Grid = new Rectangle( 2, 3, 1, 6 );
    list.backgroundSkin = skin;

You can override the default style name to use a different one in your theme, if you prefer:

spinner.customListStyleName = "custom-list";

You can set the function for the customListStyleName like this:

getStyleProviderForClass( SpinnerList )
    .setFunctionForStyleName( "custom-list", setDateTimeSpinnerCustomListStyles );

Without a Theme

If you are not using a theme, you can use listFactory to provide skins for the list sub-components:

spinner.listFactory = function():SpinnerList
    var list:SpinnerList = new SpinnerList();

    //skin the lists here, if you're not using a theme
	var skin:Image = new Image( texture );
	skin.scale9Grid = new Rectangle( 2, 3, 1, 6 );
    list.backgroundSkin = skin;

    return list;