ActionScript Compiler 2.0 Preview

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Anyone tried it? Is it faster? I’m unsure, looking at the product page, why it is needed or better than the existing compiler.

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the current compiler is garbage. it’s strictly a dumb compiler; and everything you type gets converted to bytecode as-is with no attempt for optimization. they’ve likely decided trying to fix it (the code base is horrendous) is too much effort and have simply decided to rewrite it from scratch. with luck, it will be more on level with gcc for AS3: code gets optimized wherever the compiler can do so. for instance: switch may no longer end up with an if/else ladder when you’re using ints