ActionScript function to convert XML into Array

To allow the grouping and summary rows in DataGrid, I decided to convert existing report (old fashion DataGrid) to AdvancedDataGrid, which is a new feature of Flex 3. And which is turned out that raw XML I receive from backend returns an error. I needed more control of the data. As a part of the fix I wrote the conversion function which returns associated array collection based on input xml. Enjoy:

private function xml2array(xml:XMLDocument):ArrayCollection {
var ac:ArrayCollection = new ArrayCollection();
var xmlNodes:ArrayCollection = new ArrayCollection(xml.childNodes);
for (var i:int = 0; i < xmlNodes.length; i++) {
var thisRecord:Dictionary = new Dictionary();
var rowObj:Object = xmlNodes[i].childNodes;
for (var j:int = 0; j < rowObj.length; j++) {
var thisNodeName:String = rowObj[j].localName;
var thisNodeValue:String = '';
if (rowObj[j].childNodes && rowObj[j].childNodes.length > 0) {
if (rowObj[j].childNodes[0].nodeValue)
thisNodeValue = rowObj[j].childNodes[0].nodeValue;
thisNodeValue = '';
thisRecord[thisNodeName] = thisNodeValue;
return ac;


  1. Hey Eugene, thanks for the example code. It helped me with some utility functions I was working on.


  2. How to use this code in flex application?


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