Getting values out of a CSV
steve at holdenweb.com
Sun Jul 15 14:00:06 CEST 2007
Alex Popescu wrote:
> On Jul 14, 5:55 am, "Gabriel Genellina" <gagsl-... at yahoo.com.ar>
>> So, as always, one should measure in each specific case if optimization is
>> worth the pain [...].
> I hope I am somehow misreading the above sentence :-). IMO synonim
> language contructs
> should result in the same performance or at least have clear/
> documented performance.
That's a fine opinion, how would you enforce it? Should we go throught
he interpreter slowing down the faster to each pair of alternative
constructs? ;-) It's inevitable there'll be differences in execution
time between equivalent constructs, and in that case you have to test to
find the better in your specific situation.
The real issue here is that in 95% or more of the source of most
programs speed/performance isn't that much of an issue anyway.
> I don't think we really want to see in code something like:
> if threshold:
This would most certainly be a premature optimization which, as has been
repeated many times on this list, is the root of much evil in
programming. As Gabriel mentioned, you only need to do it if it's "worth
the pain", which in most case it won't be. It isn't worth spending even
five minutes to shave a minute off the performance of a ten-minute
program that is only run once a week, for example.
Ultimately we have to be pragmatic: circumstances alter cases, and it's
usually not worth spending the time to improve execution speed except
for the most critical parts (the innermost nested loops) of production
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