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Aristotle (5147)

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Thursday December 22, 2005
04:36 PM

Seeing patterns, or, The bureaucratic electron rulers

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Paul Graham :

It might even be possible to write a profiler that would automatically detect inefficient algorithms. I would not be surprised if certain patterns of memory access turned out to be sure signs of bad algorithms. If there were a little guy running around inside the computer executing our programs, he would probably have as long and plaintive a tale to tell about his job as a federal government employee. I often have a feeling that I’m sending the processor on a lot of wild goose chases, but I’ve never had a good way to look at what it’s doing.

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  • Interesting metathoughts on the development of
    new languages. He talks about perl a lot as an
    example, along with lisp of course, in thinking
    about how to develop a new language. He starts
    off saying worse is better.