Custom elements not detecting children when instantiated in template of another custom element


I have an RPG Main HTML Element defined as follows. I'm instantiating it in the body of my index.html file.

<link rel="import" href="packages/polymer/polymer.html"> <link rel="import" href="gridlayout.html"> <link rel="import" href="gridtile.html"> <polymer-element name="rpg-main" attributes=""> <template> <style> grid-tile { background: #FF00FF; width: 50px; height: 50px } :host { position: absolute; display: block; width: 500px; height: 500px; } </style> <grid-layout rows = "2" cols = "2" spacing = "50px"> <grid-tile> </grid-tile> <grid-tile> </grid-tile> <grid-tile> </grid-tile> <grid-tile> </grid-tile> </grid-layout> </template> <script type="application/dart" src="rpgmain.dart"></script> </polymer-element>

As one would expect, I also have grid-layout and grid-tile elements defined. In the constructor for the grid-layout, I am trying to reference its children. But the element thinks it has 0 children when it is instantiated in the above rpg-main class.

import 'package:polymer/polymer.dart'; import 'dart:html'; @CustomTag('grid-layout') class GridLayout extends PolymerElement { @published int rows; @published int cols; @published int spacing; String _px = "px"; String _perc = "%"; GridLayout.created() : super.created() { print("NUM CHILDREN " + this.children.length.toString()); /** for (int i = 0; i <= this.rows + this.cols - 2; i++) { Element child = this.children[i]; this.children[i].style.margin = this._parseNum(spacing); child.style.float = "right"; if (i % this.rows == this.rows) { child.style.clear = "right"; } }**/ } num _parseString(String s) { print(s.toString()); return num.parse(s.split(_px)[0]); } String _parseNum(num n) { return n.toString() + _px; } }

***The above code prints "NUM CHILDREN: 0"

It's only being instantiated in my rpg-main element, so I'm surprised it wouldn't recognize the grid-tiles as children. Could it be because the grid-layout element is being instantiated in the template tag of an rpg-main custom element? (So maybe grid-layout doesn't consider its children to be in the 'light dom'?) That would be a shame, but if so, what would the workaround be?


The constructor is just the wrong place. You need to allow the elements to properly initialize before using them.


<pre class="lang-dart prettyprint-override">@override void attached() { super.attached(); print("NUM CHILDREN " + this.children.length.toString()); }

see also Justins answer here <a href="https://stackoverflow.com/questions/24468984" rel="nofollow">When is shadowRoot available to a polymer component?</a>


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