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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Matt, it may be obvious, but have you compared the algorithms used at xmllint and your Pure Perl parser?

    C allows some optimizations where Perl allow them to occur in other places.
    -- Godoy.
    • The problem is that Perl is just slow. Not really much I can do about that. When you compare it to C, where it can do really nice things like char = ++*p to get the current character and move to the next byte in a string . With perl a similar idiom is: $char = substr($str, 0, 1, ''), which has a lot more overhead (same for a regexp to do the same). Character-wise coding in perl has always been a bit of a pain.
      • Err, that should have been char = *p++.

        My C sucks ;-)
      • Maybe someone needs to write a character-array manipulation class, a la PDL for huge matrix crunching. The class would gain a lot in efficiency for trading away the many capabilities Perl ordinarily gives. This would be something gross in XS, I'm sure.

        Or maybe, if I'm thinking of writing a custom text-manipulation class for Perl, something's dreadfully wrong with the world. In much the same way that we always took XML::Parser's dependence on a C parser as an indication that something was wrong (and we

        J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers