Monday, March 17, 2008

Best Practices? no thanks...

Generally speaking, best practices are good. But what are best practices? from the Wikipedia:

...Best practices can also be defined as the most efficient (least amount of effort) and effective (best results) way of accomplishing a task, based on repeatable procedures that have proven themselves over time for large numbers of people.

Right, so in theory we want to accomplish a task in the most efficient way and I absolutely agree with that not only applied on programming but in other things we do in life. Now, if we are talking about programming and more specifically, programming ActionScript for Games, then the thing changes a bit and mostly will depend on one factor: are you developing as part of a team?
if the answer is no, and you are definitely the only one working on certain game (or any application in general), then my advice is: "AVOID BEST PRACTICES".

and no, I'm not mad (well, not that much...) but I've opted for not using best practices because:

- The number of flash developers is growing (this is great!)
- The number of people learning actionscript is growing (is fantastic!)

ok, both are actually good things, but...

- the more people learning actionscript, the more people use the ever growing number of evil tools to decompile your applications.

And that's the thing, I've been working long hours on a specific script, using my knowledge, my brain, studying, experimenting, testing, debugging... and all that just for a bandit that will come and steal all the hard work to monetize with it?

the problem is, these days is very easy to monetize with your games, both using MochiAds and getting sponsors so there's a whole lot of thieves out there waiting for you to release a game just to steal some pieces of your code (if not all of it...)

Anyway, at the end of the day, they will manage to do it but I want to make their work not that easy, so from now on, I'll start using something like alphanumeric properties and methods so a code thieve will find only
var s48758wikk49 : String = "alajsktha"
that in fact it should be something like
var score : Number = 567;
and forget about best practices... :D
will be fun!

and of course, I'm seriously thinking about buying SWF Encript from Amayeta, I think any serious flash developer should have a copy of it.

ADVICE: Protect your code!


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