Resources on Optimization

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In a document titled “Application Design Goals,” Google provides objectives with three areas of focus: performance, responsiveness, and seamlessness. It also provides a short list of recommendations: don’t drop data, don’t interrupt the user, design your UI to work with multiple screen resolutions, assume the network is slow, don’t assume the touchscreen or keyboard exists (i.e., write logic to detect them), and conserve the device’s battery. Even though this document is targeted at Android development, it is insightful to ActionScript developers as well. Read it at http://developer.android.com/ guide/practices/design/index.html.

Adobe offers a white paper titled “Optimizing Performance for the Flash Platform” with a special focus on mobile. It is a 90-page document with practical topics and code snippets. You can read it as a PDF document or online, at http://help.adobe.com/en_US/ as3/mobile/index.html.

For ongoing articles and announcements, visit the Adobe AIR Developer Center, at http://www.adobe.com/devnet/air.html.