Posts Tagged allocation

Memory Allocation Without the GC

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Unity’s garbage collector is super slow and the bane of our programming life. It’s the reason we can’t use foreach, have to make pools of objects, and go to great lengths to avoid boxing. It’s also seemingly mandatory, but that’s not quite true. Today’s article shows you a way that you can skip the GC and still allocate memory!

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Even Faster Linked Lists

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Linked lists can be much faster than AS3’s Array and Vector classes if you use them under the right circumstances. It’s been over a year and a half since I last visited the topic, but today it’s time to update my LinkedList class. Read on for the freshly-optimized code and all-new performance testing and analysis!

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Hidden Object Allocations

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During some recent memory profiling I was reacquainted with just how many ways there are to unknowingly allocate an object in AS3. The problem is seldom the allocation itself, but rather the later garbage collection (GC) to delete those objects. Ever used a Flash profiler only to see a huge chunk of your CPU time going to [reap], [mark], or [sweep]? Yeah, that’s the GC at work. Today’s article talks about some of the ways you end up allocating objects in AS3 without using the new keyword. These subtle errors can end up costing you!

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Improving Vector3D

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The Vector3D class debuted in Flash Player 10.0 as Adobe’s official implementation of, well, a 3D mathematical vector (not the pseudo-Array class Vector). Weirdly, it has a w component and is therefore technically a 4D vector, but its API inconsistently make use of the fourth dimension. There are also strange oversights, inefficiencies, and functionality it really should have always had. Read on for my custom Vector3D derivative—Vector3DExt—that fixes all of these problems by extending and improving on the original.

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