pairs from a list
steve at REMOVE-THIS-cybersource.com.au
Wed Jan 23 22:48:19 CET 2008
On Wed, 23 Jan 2008 10:39:25 -0800, George Sakkis wrote:
> On Jan 23, 4:37 am, Steven D'Aprano
> <ste... at REMOVE.THIS.cybersource.com.au> wrote:
>> On Tue, 22 Jan 2008 23:33:00 -0800, George Sakkis wrote:
>> > As I mentioned already, I consider the seeking of the most efficient
>> > solution a legitimate question, regardless of whether a "dumb"
>> > solution is fast enough for an application. Call it a "don't be
>> > sloppy" principle if you wish.
>> Sure, by why do you limit "efficient" and "don't be sloppy" to mean
>> "write the fastest executing code you can, regardless of every other
> I explicitly didn't limit sloppiness to inefficiency and mentioned it's
> a tradeoff:
Of course you did, and I was being sloppy. The "you" was meant more as a
generic you than you yourself. Sorry for the confusion.
As for your other points, I think we're actually very much in agreement,
except for your tolerance of random posters asking what I believe is an
incoherent question: "what's the fastest way to do ...?". It seems to me
you're willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that they've done
their profiling and considered their trade-offs, or at the very worst are
asking from purely intellectual curiosity. Call me cynical if you like,
but I think that in the absence of any direct evidence supporting those
things, the most likely possibility is the opposite.
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