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Saturday October 12, 2002
12:26 PM

exponentially faster

[ #8344 ]
OK, I had to chuckle at this quote:

C is a compiled programming language considered to be exponentially faster than easy-to-program scripting languages such as PHP and Perl. According to the programmer, after installation, there is no piece of code not written in C.

Funny, they didn't mention what the "exponent" was.

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  • Not only did they not say what the exponent was, but they didn't say what was faster.

    Take a common task and let a reasonably skilled C programmer and reasonably skilled Perl programmer go at it and see which method finishes the work sooner and goes home earlier. That metric should please most people who do not see quality time with their keyboard as the root of their existence.

    That quote sounds like a quote I just read in MacTech (June 2002):

    On the other hand, Python is simple to use, and it's more


  • Maybe a new idea for a slashbox-style poll...

    Including development/maintc time, C is exponentially faster than Perl. The exponent is

            a) greater than 1
            b) 1
            c) between 0 and 1
            d) 0
            e) between -1 and 0
            f) -1
            g) less than -1

    I'm particularly fond of the notion of imaginary speed gains :)

    -matt
  • "exponentially" doesn't mean "much", just like "literally" doesn't mean "very". The writer's numeracy is as questionable as George Bush's literacy.

    --Nat