Changing timeslider timestops and layer definitions by user filter

Discussion created by ghostc on Apr 15, 2013
Latest reply on Apr 16, 2013 by ghostc

I'm looking for an example where layerDefinition can be changed by user.

I'm showing a map with timeslider and filter next to the map. The map displays regions.
There are some filter options, which can be changed, like age and year.

When I change the age or year, I want to make the map (including the timeslider) to accept the selected filter option.

I have a solution, but I want to be sure, that it is the right way how to do it.

So...I create ArcGISDynamicMapServiceLayer layer. It contains 7 layers, where each layer contains data for one specific year. Only one layer can be displayed at a time. I set the visible layer: someLayer.setVisibleLayers([array of layers]), set the layerDefinitions (containing some initial filter options) for the visible layer and then add the layers to the map (map.addLayers([array of layers])).
TimeSlider init goes after that.

What is the correct way to change the layer definitions when a filter option changes ?
I do it like this.
When the 'Age' filter option changes, I get the selected age and change the layerDefinitions for the visible layer by setting the layerDefinitions like this: someLayer.setLayerDefinitions(layerDefinitions), where layerDefinitions contains the new definition string.
When the 'Year' filter option changes, I do the same as when changing the age, but in this case I have to change the visible layer (someLayer.setVisibleLayers([array of layers])) and the timeslider has to be updated too. After setting the changed layerDefinition to the visible layer I finally update timeslider by changing its timestops using the changed TimeExtent (changed year means new timeextent). After that I start the timeslider and everything looks to be ok.

All I ask is: Is this solution OK or is there a better/cleaner solution fos this ?

Thank you