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How to Use Runtime Asserts to Find Bugs

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Runtime asserts, not the asserts in unit tests, are a valuable debugging tool for any game developer. Today’s article shows you what they are, how to use them, how not to use them, and how they work. Read on to learn more!

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Creating A Better Assert Function

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The assert function is found in many languages to provide a way for you to check for errors only in debug builds of your code. For release/production builds, the asserts are removed to make the compiled code smaller and remove all of the overhead of the error checking. Flash doesn’t come with such a feature built-in, but can we build one ourselves? Today’s article will try to do just that using nothing but Adobe’s modern AS3 compiler: ASC 2.0.

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Custom ErrorEvents

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Chances are you’ve been bitten by the ErrorEvent class at some point while programming AS3. It’s the asynchronous equivalent to throw an Error and it happens when, for example, a Loader‘s load fails. If you write any code that performs an asynchronous task, perhaps more file loading, you too may want a way to inform users of your class that the task has failed. Just like with Event, it’s nice to be able to add data on to the standard ErrorEvent class. How does this work? Let’s dig in and find out.

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Finally An Article About The Finally Keyword

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Try as I might, I just couldn’t find any articles about AS3’s finally keyword. Sure I found Adobe’s documentation, but it seems no one is commenting any further about finally. So today I’ll tackle the performance of what seems to be a straightforward keyword. Could it possibly cause a slowdown? Read on to find out!

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Typecasting: Part 3

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Today’s article is a followup to an article (Cast Speed, itself a followup to Two Types of Casts) from September that continues to gather comments. Sharp-eyed reader fastas3 brought up a good point that warranted some further investigation into the topic. So today we’ll be taking yet-another look at typecasting in AS3 to try to unravel some of its strange mysteries.

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The Size of Empty

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I was reminded about the flash.sampler API by Grant Skinner’s recent post about it. While only available in the debug player, it can still tell us some valuable information about what goes on in the release player. Today I’m using the getSize function to find out how much memory overhead various classes impose, even when they are empty.

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