Flex sdk 3.5.0 problem with ternary operators

I’ve got problems to isolate the problem into a very big project with many linked sources. After hours inspecting and commenting lines of code trying to figure out the reason why flex gave me an “internal error” I found the problem.
This very simple script was crashing the flex compiler if using the 3.5.0 sdk ( revision 3.5.0.12683 ).
Fortunately the 4.0.0 compiler works fine. At the end it seems to be the combination of “+” and “-” and the ternary operator.
package
{
   import flash.display.Sprite;
   public class ternary_test extends Sprite
   {
      public function ternary_test()
      {
         var n: Number = 0;
         var d: int = 3;
         var k: int = 5;
         var j: int = 10;
         n = 1 + ( -( d == 0 ? k : j ) );
         trace( "n=" + n );
      }
   }
}

will cause the compiler to crash with the following stack trace:

compile:

    [mxmlc] Loading configuration file /Applications/Adobe Flash Builder 4 Plug-in/sdks/3.5.0/frameworks/flex-config.xml

    [mxmlc] Error: null

    [mxmlc] java.lang.NullPointerException

    [mxmlc] 	at macromedia.asc.semantics.ConstantEvaluator.evaluate(ConstantEvaluator.java:1290)

    [mxmlc] 	at macromedia.asc.parser.UnaryExpressionNode.evaluate(UnaryExpressionNode.java:51)

    [mxmlc] 	at macromedia.asc.semantics.ConstantEvaluator.evaluate(ConstantEvaluator.java:2153)

    [mxmlc] 	at macromedia.asc.parser.ListNode.evaluate(ListNode.java:44)

    [mxmlc] 	at macromedia.asc.semantics.ConstantEvaluator.evaluate(ConstantEvaluator.java:1497)

    [mxmlc] 	at macromedia.asc.parser.BinaryExpressionNode.evaluate(BinaryExpressionNode.java:56)

    [mxmlc] 	at macromedia.asc.semantics.ConstantEvaluator.evaluate(ConstantEvaluator.java:2124)

    [mxmlc] 	at macromedia.asc.parser.ArgumentListNode.evaluate(ArgumentListNode.java:45)...
  • Ben

    Had the same problem… was caused by this:
    something = ! ( boolExpression ? 3 : 5 )
    When corrected, it worked and looked like this:something = ( ! boolExpression ? 3 : 5 )
    Only took me a few months!…