Archive for September, 2010

Cast Speed

One of the first articles I wrote for this site covered the two types of casts available to the AS3 programmer. In that article I covered the syntax of the two as well as some of the quirks. Today I’ll cover the performance differences between them.

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Simple Plugin System

Sizable applications are often in need of externalizing code from the main application. Often times this is done via a library or framework and it is well understood in the Flash community how to use these in our applications. What is less-understood is how we can go about delegating some parts of our applications to plugins. Read on for a simple technique to get plugins into your Flash application.

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Even Faster isNaN()

I wrote an article last November showing how to make your isNaN() calls 12x faster. Today, thanks to a tip from the comments on that article, I’ll show you how to make your isNaN() calls even even faster! (UPDATE: see the definitive article on isNaN for much more!)

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Logical Operator Performance

An absolute fundamental of programming is the concept of logical operators like && and ||. In a recent comment, Chris H pointed out that MXMLC doesn’t do a particularly good job generating bytecode for these operators. Today I’ll look further into the subject and see just how much this impacts performance.

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