Game Development Reference
In-Depth Information
PART VI
Techniques to
Improve
Performance
…with proper design, the features come cheaply. This approach is arduous,
but continues to succeed.
Dennis Ritchie
Regardless of what a tool does, it has to feel responsive to the user and report
appropriate status information and visual cues to the user when a long-running
task is being performed. Performance is a measurement of how well an application
handles responsiveness, scalability, memory footprint, or throughput. While some
optimizations can be done later on in development, the majority of performance
improvements originate from an architecture that is well designed and constructed.
It is important to build responsiveness and scalability into your processor- and
resource-intensive tools early on in order to achieve optimal performance.
The chapters in Part VI cover ways to investigate and improve performance in a
managed environment, where performance can be any process or task that can be
measured quantitatively with a stopwatch. Performance testing and optimization
has been around since pretty much the beginning of software development, but
.NET is a relatively new platform, so there is a learning curve that developers must
follow in order to learn the techniques and approaches to improve performance
and write efficient code. The chapters in this part will attempt to alleviate most
of the burden on developers new and old to the .NET platform who are building
performance-critical tools.
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