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Date: 2004-08-27 (13:36)
From: Brian Hurt <bhurt@s...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Alternative Bytecodes for OCaml
On Fri, 27 Aug 2004, John Goerzen wrote:

> No arguments here, but I would like to expand a but on the performance 
> issue.  I have every reason to believe you are right about it, but one 
> important thing to remember is that it may not matter to many.  In 
> other words, let's not fall prey to premature optimization.
> In my experience, my OCaml code is three to five times faster than my 
> Python code.  Yet my Python code is still perfectly usable and I'm fine 
> with its speed.
> While there are plenty of places where every last bit of performance is 
> vital, there are also plenty of places (I dare say even more) where 
> it's simply not an important consideration, and things like developer 
> productivity, bug-free code, or ease of distribution really shine.

Bravo.  Especially consider I don't think anyone is advocating Ocaml give 
up it's native compilation abilities.  If speed really is important, 
compile to native.

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