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From Aladin Scott <ala...@centrepede.com>
Subject Re: Flex - lightweight event handling
Date Mon, 16 Jan 2012 21:57:57 GMT
I second that, AS3 Signals is awesome. I haven't used native events to
communicate outside of a parent class since using Signals.

Aladin Scott

On Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 9:39 PM, Rick Winscot <rick.winscot@gmail.com>wrote:

> With regard to Signals vs. Events... Rob provides a bridge called a
> "NativeSignal." To Quote from his blog ---
>
>
> Why not use EventDispatcher for the actual dispatching but wrap it in a
> Signal facade?
>
> Presenting the NativeSignal class, which lets you have your cake and eat
> it too. Take any EventDispatcher, e.g. Sprite. Create a NativeSignal that
> targets an event of the dispatcher:
>
> // in a subclass:
> click = new NativeSignal(this, 'click', MouseEvent);
> // or decorating an instance:
> click = new NativeSignal(theDispatcher, 'click', MouseEvent);
>
> Enjoy the Signal APIs and features.
>
> Dispatch from the NativeSignal or the EventDispatcher. Both use Flash's
> native dispatchEvent(). If you're hesitant to put your trust in new
> dispatching code, or you want to keep your EventDispatcher options open,
> this is the gateway drug for you. You don't have to give up anything. All
> the native functionality stays, and the ISignal interface can be piped in
> like frosting, wherever you like. Doesn't that sound delicious?
>
>
> What of Signal performance?
>
> http://alecmce.com/as3/events-and-signals-performance-tests
>
> The above charts are a little old - Rob has made a few commits since that
> have added another 30 - 40% improvement.
>
> The primary takeaway is that Flash Events for UI interaction are ok ( a
> necessary evil? ) but are a very poor choice for inter-application
> communication. Efficiency in communication becomes more and more important
> as the size of the application increases.
>
> --
> Rick Winscot
>
>
> On Monday, January 16, 2012 at 4:17 PM, Omar Gonzalez wrote:
>
> > I'd definitely be interesting in exploring this idea. I had a lot of
> > internal debating with myself over whether to use native Event objects or
> > as3-signals when I wrote my MongoAS3 library. I ultimately chose signals
> > because I enjoy their ease of use and payload type-checking runtime
> errors.
> >
> > -omar
>
>

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