[oclug] Re: [OPAG] contest
dle1 at sympatico.ca
Mon Aug 6 09:02:50 EDT 2001
On Monday, August 6 4:17 pm, Michael P. Soulier wrote to OPAG:
> Just to compare, here are my python and perl implementations of my
> solution for the prime numbers OCLUG contest. The implementations are
> identical, with only syntactical differences for the two languages.
> The Perl code outperforms the Python slightly, but is, IMHO, far
> uglier, and took more effort to type.
Thanks, Mike. That raises an interesting point: is development time a
criterion in the contest? I don't think so, and how could you reliably
measure it, anyway? But it is a real factor in any comparison of
programming languages, now that computers -- and memory and CPU speed --
are inexpensive or even trivial, and ``HR'' certainly isn't. I suspect
Python would outperform in this context.
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