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Clean API

A pplication programming interface (API) is a general term for how one block of code communicates with another. For example, each ActionScript class defines an API by making methods and properties available (or keeping them hidden). Keeping the API for your application clean, with well-defined properties, methods, and events, makes for fast programming by the rest of your team. A formal API helps to insulate one code module from changes in another module. Furthermore, updates to an application can be made more quickly if your properties, methods, and events are predesigned, documented, and consistent with the API that you set up.

Reusable Code

Making your code reusable is one of the ways that you can improve the speed of coding in future applications. You should maintain stock objects and snippets of code that have been programmed, tested, and optimized in the past. For example, most applications have users, so if you maintain a standard User object that interacts with a User remote service, the two parts can be utilized over and over. There is no sense in reinventing the wheel each time. Even if an object or piece of code can’t be used in its entirety, it can be used as a starting point. Developing a useful library of ActionScript or server-side code (or benefiting from libraries made available by others) can increase your productivity by orders of magnitude.


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