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Re: expression evaluation problem

From: L A Walsh
Subject: Re: expression evaluation problem
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2019 03:04:12 -0700
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On 2019/07/25 11:15, Ilkka Virta wrote:
> On 24.7. 21:43, L A Walsh wrote:
>>      The important part for me is whether or not it is faster to perform
>> 1 calculation, or 100.  So which would be faster?  In this case
>> execution speed
>> is more important than clarity.  I consider that a 'constraint'.
> Shouldn't it be easy enough to measure how much restructuring that 
> expression affects the execution speed?
    Which I did and found a 25% difference using the test case I used.  It
would likely be less in shorter strings, more in longer ones.
> Also, regarding execution speed, I've been led to believe that the shell 
> in general is rather slow, and almost any other language would be better 
> if that is of concern. (awk, Perl, what have you.)
    True, assembly would probably be the best choice if that was a sole
but sometimes I want to have an example of how to do something using only 1
language.  Similarly, many perl modules have versions that require a
compiler to
install, but some that are perl-only can work with perls going back to
5.6 or up
to 5.30 with no recompilation step.  So sometimes there's a desire for
an efficient implementation, while staying within the same language.

    Similarly, by not using some newer bash features, one can have
scripts that
are portable to a wider range of bash versions.


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