From AS3 to C#, Part 8: More Special Functions

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Today we’ll continue talking about special types of functions in C#. Specifically, today’s article will cover indexers, explicit and implicit conversions, and variable numbers of arguments (“var args”).

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From AS3 to C#, Part 7: Special Functions

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Last week we discussed extension methods and virtual functions and today we’ll continue with more special kinds of C# functions. We’ll cover operator overloading, out parameters and reference parameters.

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From AS3 to C#, Part 6: Extension Methods and Virtual Functions

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Today’s article continues from the last two in discussing features of C# classes that AS3 doesn’t have. We’ll discuss extension methods and the virtual function system that trips up so many C# newcomers.

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From AS3 to C#, Part 5: Static Classes, Destructors, and Constructor Tricks

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Last week’s article mostly covered abstract classes, but this week we’ll discuss an even more abstract type of class: static classes. We’ll also explore C#’s anti-constructor, known as a destructor, and some fancy ways to construct a class. Read on and learn some more class-related features that were never available to us in AS3.

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From AS3 to C#, Part 4: Abstract Classes and Functions

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Continuing from last time, this article begins covering features of C# classes that aren’t in AS3. We’ll begin with abstract classes and functions, which AS3 required workaround code to enforce even at run-time. Today’s article shows you how to use C# to cleanly enforce these at compile-time.

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From AS3 to C#, Part 3: AS3 Class Parity

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Picking up from last time, today we’ll finish off classes in C# from an AS3 perspective in preparation for next week when we delve into all-new concepts that aren’t in AS3 at all. Read on to learn the C# way to implement getters and setters, final functions and classes, const variables, and packages.

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From AS3 to C#, Part 2: Extending Classes and Implementing Interfaces

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Let’s continue the From AS3 to C# series from last time by continuing to investigate C# classes from an AS3 developer’s point of view. Today’s article will cover class inheritance, interface implementing, and interface inheritance.

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From AS3 to C#, Part 1: Class Basics

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This article is for the AS3 developer who’s decided to switch to Unity and doesn’t know the first thing about programming in C#. It’ll walk you through the basics of C# to get you oriented and productive.

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From Flash to Unity

Today marks a big change for JacksonDunstan.com and the Tip of the Week e-mail list. After writing about AS3, Flash, and AIR for five years and 317 articles, I’m going to start writing about C# and Unity3D. Today I have posted two articles. The first talks about why I’m switching from Flash to Unity and the second is the beginning of a series of transitional articles entitled From AS3 to C#. Read on for the first article.

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Should You Bother Giving Variables a Type?

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Many modern strongly-typed languages have introduced a way for you to not have to type a variable’s type. In C#, you can use var instead of the actual type. In C++, you use auto. AS3 has a similar feature with it’s “untyped” type: *. In those other languages, var and auto are syntax sugar that the compiler replaces with the actual type. Will the AS3 compiler and/or Flash Player do the same for us? Today’s article finds out if it’s safe to skip the type and just use *.

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