[MUD-Dev] TECH: programming languages (was: Re: TECH: STL / Heaps, etc.)

Robin Lee Powell rlpowell at digitalkingdom.org
Thu Aug 23 09:37:00 New Zealand Standard Time 2001


On Wed, Aug 22, 2001 at 02:20:54PM +0200, Ola Fosheim Gr?stad wrote:
> Bruce Mitchener wrote:
 
>> For example, high level languages need not be slow.  Techniques
>> that have been refined over the last 2 decades for efficient
>> implementations have paid off well.  The definition of 'slow' is
>> also something that isn't easily defined without greater
>> surrounding context and an evaluation of what's important in a
>> project.
 
> True high level languages (like true LP, not prolog) are slow
> because you only specify the problem and not the strategy used for
> finding the solution.

Uhh, what?

This is exactly what makes high-level languages potentially fast:
the compiler can take your high-level specification, figure out what
it is that you're actually trying to do, and apply an algorithm to
solving it that is more efficient than anything you could ever have
come up with on your own, because it takes advantage of years of
research on a topic you may never have even heard of.

-Robin

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