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  1. #1
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    Random Array Elements In Dynamic Text Box


    I have an array (named arrayFull), and I want my dynamic text box (named messageText) to display one random element from the array, changing once per second.

    The code I have makes it display all elements of the array at once in random order, changing once per second.

    How do I make it display just one element from the array at any given time?

    This is the code:

    var arrayFull:Array = new Array(1,2,3,4,5);
    import flash.utils.Timer;
    import flash.events.TimerEvent;

    var myTimer:Timer = new Timer(1000, (arrayFull.length));
    myTimer.addEventListener(TimerEvent.TIMER, runOnce);

    function runOnce(e:TimerEvent):void {
    updateText ();

    var maximumMessages:Number = 1;
    var currentMessages:Number = 0;
    function updateText(){

    for (var i = currentMessages; i<maximumMessages; i++) {
    messageText.htmlText += arrayFull.sort(function () {
    return Math.random() ? true : false;

    for (i = 0; i < 4; i++) {
    this[i].text = arrayFull[i];

    Thank you for your help.

  2. #2
    Senior Member cancerinform's Avatar
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    press the picture...
    messageText.htmlText += arrayFull[int(Math.random() * (arrayFull.length-1))];
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  3. #3
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    Sep 2010
    Thanks a lot! I've tried the same approach before, and forgot to use the int before the parentheses.

    Is there some way I can prevent it from showing the same element twice in a row?

  4. #4
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    May 2004
    outside your function, create a variable to save the last shown random element:

    PHP Code:
    var lastShown:Number
    then when you assign it, check to make sure it doesn't match that - then set it again until it doesn't match. then set the lastShown variable to that new element:

    PHP Code:
    var randomElement:Number arrayFull[int(Math.random() * (arrayFull.length-1))];
    randomElement == lastShownrandomElement arrayFull[int(Math.random() * (arrayFull.length-1))];
    messageText.htmlText += randomElement;
    lastShown randomElement

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