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Saturday September 13, 2008
04:53 AM

fibonacci numbers

[ #37432 ]
I wrote a small script in Perl to calc the N first terms of Fibonacci serie:

#-- fibo script

sub fibo {
    return 1 if( $_[0] < 2 ) ;
    return fibo($_[0]-1) + fibo($_[0]-2);

for($i=0; $i<=40; $i++) {
    $f = fibo($i);
    print "$i : $f\n";

#-- eof

I tried to calc the first 40 numbers, it tooks in my PC about 16 minutes. I weren't worried about writting a fast algoritm, just curious about the performance of a recursive call algorithm.

A friend of me, advertised me that the similar Java version code, ran fast, so I tried:

// Java fibonnaci class

class  fibo {

    public static long calc(long x) {
        if( x < 2 ) return 1;
        return calc(x-1) + calc(x-2);

    public static void main(String s[]) {
        for(int i=0; i<=40; i++) {
            System.out.println(i + " : " + calc(i));
// EOF Java fibonnaci class

The results (40 terms calc):
1) Perl: 16 minutes
2) Java: 16 seconds (!)

I'm sure that Java does some kind of optimization at the Virtual Machine.
I hope that Parrot team will be able to make a very fast virtual machine...
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