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GotoClip. A solution for Error #1009, gotoAndStop, gotoAndPlay and targeting children MovieClips.

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One of the differences between ActionScript 2.0 and 3.0 is the behavior of MovieClip timelines and code targeting display list children. For example in AS 2.0 it was possible to call gotoAndStop or gotoAndPlay and then directly manipulate MovieClips at the targeted frame.
gotoAndStop(25);
child_mc._rotation = 25;
In AS 3.0 calling the equivalent code
gotoAndStop(25);
child_mc.rotation = 25;
will yield a runtime error such as this.
TypeError: Error #1009: Cannot access a property or method of a null object reference.
at MyFla_fla::MainTimeline/frame1()

GotoClip is a class that restores some of the AS 2.0 timeline functionality to AS 3.0 MovieClips. It will allow calls to be made like this
gotoAndStop(25);
var child:MovieClip = getChildByName("child_mc") as MovieClip;
child.rotation = 25;
while avoiding runtime errors. The class makes it possible to target a display list child MovieClip anywhere on the timeline after a gotoAndStop, or gotoAndPlay call. Then within the same code block properties can be set on the child MovieClip. During runtime the GotoClip class behaves as a proxy to store the commands made to the child MovieClip. GotoClip then applies those commands when the Flash Player has successfully drawn the child MovieClip to the stage, thereby avoiding the typical runtime Error #1009.

GotoClip resides within a small ActionScript library I created called the AS3 Display List Library. The library resides on Google Code. It includes a Wiki and the downloads section includes samples with source code and a swc which can be used for compiling with Flash and Flex projects.

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