I'm an ex-Flash developer learning Pixi, and I'm confused by the way Groups/Layers/Containers work. When I search Layer or Group in the API documentation, I get no results, so I've just been trying to understand the Z-Order Demo.
1) Is Container obsolete? In the demo comment it says it is, but in the API docs it doesn't. My understanding is that a Container is like a simplified Layer, where I can't specify z-index or inner sorting. So I use a Layer if I need better control over zindex/sorting, and otherwise just use Container?
2) I can see Group does not extend Container (because I can't do addChild on Group), what exactly is a Group? I see when a Layer is created we pass it a Group, which specifies the z-index and sorting. Is that the only purpose of a Group?
3) Does Layer extend Container?
4) Does this test code I wrote use Layers/Groups properly? I want mainLayer to be used for the gameplay sprites (right now just a floor sprite), and uiLayer on top with the user interface sprites (right now just a button sprite). So I add one sprite to each Layer and set the z-indexes using Groups. I'm not using Containers at all. It seems to work fine.
// Application (app) is already created, textures already loaded
app.stage = new Stage();
app.stage.group.enableSort = true;
this.mainGroup = new Group(0, false); // no sorting needed, just z-index
this.mainLayer = new Layer(this.mainGroup);
this.uiGroup = new Group(1, false);
this.uiLayer = new Layer(this.uiGroup);
this.floor = new Sprite(loader.resources['game/img/floor.png'].texture);
this.floor.parentGroup = this.mainGroup;
this.floor.x = 50;
this.uiButton = new Sprite(loader.resources['game/img/uiButton.png'].texture);
this.uiButton.parentGroup = this.uiGroup;
5) In the code above, what do the first 2 lines with the app.stage do? It seems nothing works without those lines, whereas if I use Containers instead of Layers, I can remove those lines, and app.stage is created automatically when I create app and it works (except for the zindexing).
Next time I will try to ask less questions at once.
Thanks a lot!