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Re: [ft-devel] "Inside the fastest font renderer in the world" (Re: Free
Re: [ft-devel] "Inside the fastest font renderer in the world" (Re: Freetype-devel Digest, Vol 139, Issue 3)
Thu, 4 Aug 2016 18:24:12 +0000 (UTC)
I saw the post about it earlier on typedrawers. If it wasn't because of the
poster - Raph Levien - I'd just laugh it off. I'd usually be skeptical of such
a claim - because, in the end of the day, everything is machine instructions,
right? Shouldn't make any difference what language something is written in, if
your compiler is good enough. I trust Raph made a valid claim though. However:
- the main strength of FreeType is not speed - though it is amazingly fast. the
main strength is that it has had random crap thrown at it for 20+ years. Doing
rendering on perfectly valid and good fonts is fine, so Raph's answer
definitely earns its place, in the environment where Google concentrates on
Androids, etc - make it very fast for *selected good* fonts. Random crap fonts?
Don't know how adding error recovery etc slows down the new solution yet.
- the exotic language Rust. Finding people to maintain/contribute code written
in a niche language (and quite an unusual one as that) is hard. It may bit-rot
if the origin owner loses interests.
It is hard enough to find people to contribute to the font validator, which is
in C#, rather common in windows land; and C# is close enough to both Java and
C, etc. Rust I heard is similar to Objective Caml, which is in turn similar to
haskell... (I heard!).
- Re: [ft-devel] "Inside the fastest font renderer in the world" (Re: Freetype-devel Digest, Vol 139, Issue 3),
Hin-Tak Leung <=