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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Thursday June 27, 2002
01:05 PM

YAPC day 2: something, something

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Someone else is giving gnat's something, something talk. MJD stayed for this talk, so I figure this'll be good.

Something, something faster is a condensed version of a three hour optimization talk. With a lot of cussing. Our cussing was surprisingly provided by a Disney employee standing in for gnat. I haven't trusted Disney for family entertainment in years, so I wasn't nearly as surprised as some people.

Management is optimizing the users away.

There's some profiling stuff here. That's good; I like profiling.

There's a module that will run something repeatedly and see how long it takes. In 5.8 it will take its own overhead into account.

Devel::SmallProf runs for each line, which makes it slow.

csh has a better version of the time command, but that's still not an excuse for using csh. :)

Function calls are ~25% faster than method calls. If Perl 6 fixed only that about the OO model, it would be great.

I've finally had the Schwarzian transform explained to me! Now I understand. map sort map.

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