Coroutine and Iterator Function Tricks

C# supports iterator functions with the yield keyword. Unity uses them to support coroutines. Unfortunately, both are poorly understood by many Unity programmers. Today’s article dives into iterator functions and coroutines to better understand how they work and what they can be used for. Read on to learn how to use iterator functions and coroutines for more effective asynchronous code!

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SafeList: A Class To Eliminate Foreach Errors

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Today’s article shows a class that helps clean up your foreach loops when you want to call Add() or Remove() on the List you’re looping over. Normally you’d get an exception, but today’s class works around that problem so your code is less error-prone and easier to read. It also discusses some workarounds you can use even if you don’t use SafeList. Read on to learn how to make your foreach loops less error-prone!

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WebCall: A Class to Make Web Calls Cleaner and Easier

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Today’s article is about WebCall, a class to make Unity’s WWW cleaner and easier to use. How could it be cleaner or easier than it already is? By adding C# events! Normally your web calls have lots of clutter around them, your logic gets split across functions, and handling the call is hard when the GameObject or MonoBehaviour get destroyed. WebCall solves all these problems so your web calls are clean, easy, and robust. Read on for the source code and examples!

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String.Format() vs. Concatenation vs. String Builder

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What’s the fastest way to build a string in C#? We have several options available to us. string.Format() is a function built right in to the string class., Concatenation ("a" + "b") is a feature of the language itself! The System.Text.StringBuilder class is a built in class with a name that makes it sound like it’s purpose-built for building strings. Today I pit these three against each other to find out just which one you should be using to build strings as quickly as possible.

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IL2CPP Slowdown (Partially Solved)

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The new IL2CPP scripting backend in Unity 4.6.2 and 5.0 is supposed to be much faster than the old Mono backend. I ran some benchmarks, but mostly found slowdowns compared to Mono. Today’s article shows the tests I ran, the results I got, and wonders why the IL2CPP version seems so slow. Perhaps one of you, dear readers, knows the reason why. Update: Part of the reason why has been discovered. Read on for updated results.

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Unity Function Performance

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Which is the fastest kind of C# function in Unity? There are several to choose from: regular old instance methods, static methods, delegates, and lambdas. Is there any performance reason to choose one over the other? Today’s article answers just these questions by putting each type of function to the test. Read on to see which is fastest and which is slowest!

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Basic LINQ Performance

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SQL-style LINQ queries are a concise, readable way of performing various tasks dealing with all kinds of collections. Surely all that convenience comes with a performance cost to it. How bad do you think it is? Today we’ll look at the cost of some basic LINQ queries (Where, Select) versus the equivalent non-LINQ code. We’ll also see how much slower both of them are compared to manually-written, traditional code that does away with all the flexibility. Read on to see the results!

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Redirect Console.Write to Unity’s Console

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One of the great advantages of programming in Unity is that it uses a (mostly) standard .NET implementation. This means you can find lots of third party code that is written for .NET but not necessarily Unity and still incorporate it into your app. This kind of code typically uses System.Console.Write or System.Console.WriteLine to print to standard output, but Unity doesn’t display it in its Console panel or redirect it to platform-specific logging like Android’s logcat. This article provides a class you can easily integrate into your app to redirect System.Console writes to Unity’s standard Debug logging so it’ll show up like you’d expect.

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Unity Coroutine Performance

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Unity’s coroutine support allows you to easily create pseudo-threads and write synchronous-looking code that doesn’t block the rest of the app. They can be very handy for a variety of tasks. Before using them, we should understand the performance cost. Today’s article takes a look at the cost of starting a coroutine as well as the cost of running it. Just how expensive are they? Read on to find out!

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Unity Reflection is Really Slow

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Reflection allows you to introspect your code at runtime. You can do very dynamic things like call functions by their name as a string. As such, it’s a really powerful tool when you code needs to be more flexible. Unfortunately, it’s slow. Really slow. Today’s article puts it up against regular, non-reflection code to show the difference in speed. It’ll also walk you through reflection in C# in case you’ve never used it before. Read on to learn more about reflection in Unity!

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