Posted: Mar 21, 2012 2:04 pm
by Sigillum Militum
Regarding Perl and whether no one should use it:

http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?AsFastAsCee

Hmmm. I wrote two pages of Perl that processed several GigaBytes? of input from a pair of major datasets, compared them using a variety of RegularExpressions, compiled a set of comparative totals and statistics from the data, and which executed in about 35 seconds. I'm not sure I could have written that, such that it ran any faster, in CeeLanguage. Granted, it was a Sun E-10k running SolarisOs, but by any standards, grinding through two sets of 13+GB (that's 26+GB total) files and making sense of it in under a minute on anything is good exercise for the eyebrows. And it's an interpreter. [Still shaking my head]