[RndTbl] Benchmark times for the python language.

Sean null-muug at tinfoilhat.ca
Thu Apr 10 10:06:41 CDT 2003

->The benchmark test suite consists of  programs written in:
->C, Java, Python, and a hybrid (consisting of a main routine
->in Python with a C subroutine).  Here are the results...
I would be interested to know what versions of the various interpretors
you used are as well as the OS & load you ran the tests under.

An inital glance the benchmarks look about right for how the various
languages operate.  While I don't agree with you on the conclusion that
Python should be used as a prototyping language you need to take into
account the amount of effort needed to do something 'useful' in a
particular language.  C is almost never the best choice these days (and
I'm a huge C fan) as to get anything complex done it takes lots of effort.
C++ is a bit better as it provides for some primitive 'Generics' and Java
is a 'jack of all trades' lanugage.  The various scripting languages
provide few neat features that don't exist in the above languages such as
the code=data paradigm of the 'eval' function in perl, garbage collection
(yes Java has it but its pretty much a rogue feature you can't control)
and weak typing.  Their cost is obviously brute speed though machines
these days are 'fast enough' to ignore preformance on most (not
all) problems.

Enough of my rant, congratulations on a great post I really enjoyed it.

That is all,

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