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Re: [Gnash-dev] Re: no AVM2 for a while?

From: Rob Savoye
Subject: Re: [Gnash-dev] Re: no AVM2 for a while?
Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2009 08:56:31 -0600
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Matthias Kramm wrote:

> Anything specific you need in as3compile for more extensive test
> cases?

  I haven't tried to keep up to date on as3compile this summer, as once
I created a new testsuite with Haxe in May, we kindof got stuck with it.
One issue is namely support for older swf versions. Haxe supports at
least back to v6. The advantage to this is that for an API testsuite,
which is basically what we have for ActionScript, can be used to cover
all swf versions from v6 to v10. So to use as3compile, we'd be stuck
maintaining (as now anyway), two ActionScript testsuites for the same
classes, one for v9/10, and one for older versions. This isn't very
efficient, as maintaining good test cases takes a lot of time. I did
start on a Haxe to as3compile conversion script once, they're similar

  The other issue that you probably can address is we use the type
functions in Haxe pretty heavily in the test cases, as for API testing,
the return data type, parameters, etc... is all very important. Maybe
as3compile or obscure ActionScript commands can do the same thing, I
don't know.

  We've found more than a few bugs in Haxe, and also found workarounds
for what was needed. I'm not super happy with Haxe, but the two
mentioned issues have us stuck there for now.

        - rob -

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