I want to be able to loop through the layers in my map, and return the names of layers that are time-enabled.

I understand that I will need to check TimeInfo and this could be enabled on a dynamic, feature or Image service within the map.

I am looking for the tidiest way of doing this, in its own function that can be called and a name of a layer returned. I have been messing about with some If statements within a 'for each' loop, but I keep struggling and making it more complicated than it needs to be.

Any advice/pointers/snippets on how to code this up in Flex would be appreciated.

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    I would be concerned about that assumption (each map has only one time-enabled layer) unless you have very strict control over the map contents.
    – user3461
    Sep 11, 2011 at 15:40
  • Bonus points for catching multiple layers, but yes - a limitation of my tool will be that it will only assume one layer is time enabled from the map.
    – jakc
    Sep 11, 2011 at 23:33

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Not your full answer, but a starting point:

var timeInfo:TimeInfo;

if (layer is ArcGISDynamicMapServiceLayer)
    timeInfo = (layer as ArcGISDynamicMapServiceLayer).timeInfo;
else if (layer is ArcGISImageServiceLayer)
    timeInfo = (layer as ArcGISImageServiceLayer).timeInfo;
else if (layer is FeatureLayer)
    var feaLayer:FeatureLayer = layer as FeatureLayer;
    if (feaLayer.layerDetails)
        timeInfo = feaLayer.layerDetails.timeInfo;

// straight from the TimeWidget of the ArcGIS Viewer for Flex

  • Hi Bjorn - I have been basing a lot of my code on the time widget. I will see if I can tweak this section code to put it into a ForEach loop to check each layer.
    – jakc
    Sep 19, 2011 at 21:09

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