Optimized quoting (was Re: Speed?)

Aahz aahz at pythoncraft.com
Sat Jan 3 16:26:09 CET 2004

In article <mailman.43.1073115353.12720.python-list at python.org>,
John Hunter  <jdhunter at ace.bsd.uchicago.edu> wrote:
>Donald Knuth, God of Computer Science, said "Premature optimization is
>the root of all evil".  

If Knuth is God, then Hoare is God's father:

"Premature optimization is the root of all evil in programming."
--C.A.R. Hoare (often misattributed to Knuth, who was himself quoting Hoare)

"We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time:
premature optimization is the root of all evil."  --Knuth restates Hoare
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