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Faster Functional Methods for Array and Vector

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Four years ago I tested the functional programming-style methods of Array and Vector: every, filter, forEach, map, and some. In that article I showed that these functions are much slower than doing the same task through traditional loops. Today’s article seeks to improve the performance of the functional methods while retaining readability by using ASC 2.0’s [Inline] metadata. Can homemade versions of these functions beat the built-in ones from Adobe? Read on to find out!

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When getSize() Lies

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flash.sampler.getSize() is a handy tool for figuring out how much memory a class instance uses. However, it is often flat-out wrong. Today’s article tries it out on a variety of classes to find out which ones it works on and which ones it doesn’t.

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Int Keys: Object vs. Dictionary vs. Array vs. Vector

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Given that Object and Dictionary can have int keys and that int keys are faster than String keys, a natural performance test follows: which class is fastest at reading from and writing to those int keys? Is there a difference between the four Vector classes? Today’s article performs just that test and comes up with the answers.

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The Four Vector Classes

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There are four Vector classes in AS3. It seems like there is only one—Vector—and that it supports generics, but that is only an illusion. Today’s article will do some tests to reveal the implications to your app’s correctness and efficiency.

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Domain Memory Opcode Performance: Reading and Writing

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In last week’s primer on the new domain memory (“Alchemy”) opcodes the initial test showed that they couldn’t match the performance of good old Vector when writing out a lot of float/Number values. Today’s article expands on that test to check the performance of writing integers and the performance of reading integers and float/Number values. Can the domain memory opcodes redeem themselves? Read on to find out.

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An ASC 2.0 Domain Memory Opcodes Primer

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Since January, Adobe has dropped the “premium features” requirement for Flash apps that use the “domain memory opcodes” (a.k.a. “Alchemy opcodes”) that provide low-level performance-boosting operations that let you deal more-or-less directly with blocks of memory. Then in February we got Flash Player 11.6 along with built-in ASC 2.0 support for this feature. Today’s article shows you how to use these opcodes and takes a first stab at improving performance with them. Are they really all they’re cracked up to be?

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If-Else Trees vs. Array and Vector

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We’ve seen that if-else trees are way faster than Object, Dictionary, and even switch at key-value mapping, but how do they stack up against Array and Vector? Today’s article puts them to the test and uncovers some unexpected results.

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450x Speed Up Copying Between Collections

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Programming in AS3 invariably involves choosing between various collections: Array, Vector, Dictionary, Object, ByteArray, and so on. What if you need to quickly copy between them? Your choice of collection could result in a 450x slowdown in your app… or a 450x speedup!

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Loop Speed Redux

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AS3 has three kinds of loops—for, for-in, and for-each—but which is fastest? I attempted to answer that question about three years ago, but the article is in dire need of a followup as many version of Flash Player have been released since then and the question is core to our everyday lives as AS3 programmers. So which type of loop is fastest in 2012?

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Utility Functions: joinN and joinNLabeled

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a utility function, but today I’m breaking the streak and posting a couple of related functions I frequently find useful in debugging: joinN and joinNLabeled. These functions are like Array.join and Vector.join, but they group elements of the array to make the resulting string much easier to read.

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