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

Kwon Ekstrom justice at softhome.net
Thu Aug 23 19:28:20 New Zealand Standard Time 2001


From: "Miroslav Silovic" <silovic at zesoi.fer.hr>

> Take a look at Mercury, Haskell, ocaml, or CMU Common LISP. In
> some cases, they generate faster code than C, becuase, well,
> compilers sometimes outdo humans at thinking about cache sizes and
> branching.

It's not actually the compilers that outthink the humans, it's the
compiler's programmers outthinking the humans.  In this case the
humans decided to use the computer to generate the cache sizes and
branching.  Given enough information, and letting the computer to
the number crunching, etc.  It shows the use of a computer in it's
proper role, a tool to save us humans time and effort.

-- Kwon Ekstrom

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