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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I think it's important to note that the PIR example represents something of a lower bound for languages targeting Parrot.

    The PIR code is designed to be fast and is most likely simpler than the generated code will be from any HLL compiler (and it doesn't need to load any whole language runtimes). So while I hope that Perl-6-on-Parrot will generate such fast code, in all likelihood I think it'll be a fair bit slower than that.

    It's a good thing that the PIR is that fast, but I don't think it's much of a metric
    • That's a fair point, but it's also important to note that it's possible to write efficient and cross-platform PIR by hand to use from any HLL in case you need additional speed. Compare that to dropping down to C (and then trying to distribute that C across multiple platforms).

      Even if Perl 6 on Parrot is an order of magnitude slower than PIR on Parrot, it's still faster than Perl 5 on C.