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Swift Griggs swiftgriggs at
Fri Apr 29 12:03:10 CDT 2016

On Fri, 29 Apr 2016, Raymond Wiker wrote:
> The regular expression support in Perl is implemented in C, and are 
> supposedly fairly fast.

They are faster than some, like Ruby and slower than others like 
(apparently) LISP. 

> That didn't stop a Lisp programmer from implementing PCREs in Lisp (that 
> supposedly slow and inefficient language),

Cool. Which LISP ? CL ?

> and getting better performance than Perl :-)

Hehe, well, right on then.

My opinion is that benchmarking and subsequent proclamations using 
scripting languages is like racing snails vs slime molds (my money is on 
the snails, BTW). It's all fun until someone shows you a graph of the same 
algorithm in C and puts a quarter-horse in the race. Then your saying to 
yourself things like "Should I be 10x or 15x slower?" :-P


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