"What's the best system for installing decking?"
But in all seriousness ease of use is one of the top considerations. If its tricky, time consuming or otherwise awkward the finished results will be affected.
"Whatever floats your boat baby!"
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There are three main methods:
1) Face Fastening
2) Toe nailing or angle fastening
3) Hidden Clip Assemblies
Since, for whatever reason, face nailing or fastening has gone out of vogue and many of the most popular decking material choices are thinner than standard construction lumber so toe nailing and angle fastening is out simply because there is not enough meat on the board to sink a screw into the most popular choice these days seems to be the hidden deck clip.
Simpson Strong Tie makes a great one called the EB-TY. (pronounced "ebb tie") This product can be used in both grooved and profiled wood and wood plastic composite decking. It's a little finicky but has proven to be a solid choice.
IpeClips.com available at www.builddirect.com has a great system as well. It follows a similar concept.
Manits also has a pneumatic version that brings epic speed to a whole new level.