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Update on ActionScript 3 Development Task Contest #1

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Well, there is just a little over a day before the deadline for entries to the ActionScript Development Task Contest (AS3DTC) are due. I wanted to make a quick post with a couple of reminders to ensure everyone has their correctly working submissions in on time.

First, a couple items:

  1. Make sure to include your name for the copyright in the ProximityManager.as file (replace my name at the top). This is really important, as you have the copyright, and it makez it easier for me to know who the submission is from.
  2. Run your submissions again against the latest test files. There have been some minor changes to the test, so make sure they dont affect your results.
  3. Test that you are returning valid results. See below for tips about how to do this.
  4. Read through the comments in the original contest post, especially the comments that I made. There are some rule clarifications that are important.
  5. Make sure you are using testing with the latest contest files. TestRunner.as has had some updates.

Regarding #4, here are some of the rule clarifications:

If you have any additional questions about the rules, then please post them on the original post.

Validating Results

Inside of TestRunner.as, there is a checkResults method, which you can use to validate your results.

To run it, uncomment the runTests() method in onStageAdded, and and the add this code:

private function onStageAdded(e:Event):void


	checkResults(checkSprite_3, proximityManager.getNeighbors(checkSprite_3));

This will return something that should similar to this:


This test ensures that you are not missing any DisplayObjects which you should return.

To ensure you are not including any DisplayObjects which you should not be, change the for each loop in checkResults to:

private function checkResults(checkSprite:Sprite, items:Vector.<DisplayObject>):Boolean
	for each(var disp:Sprite in items)
		disp.graphics.beginFill( 0x0000FF , 1 );
		disp.graphics.drawCircle( 5 , 5 , 5 );
		disp.alpha = 1;

You should not see any dark spots appear.

I have gone through and done an initial validation all of the submissions thus far. There were a couple of entries which were not returning the correct results, and I have emailed those developers. I also did a quick test run on my Mac Book Pro (2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo), and in general, right now, the bar to reach is an average of 2 - 3 ms per test run. Most submissions use take the same basic approach, but some have some interesting twists. I think there is still a opportunity for someone to take a novel approach and maybe jump ahead.

Remember, contest entries have to be received by me (mesh@adobe.com) by 12 Noon, PST, Friday, November 13.

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