[Pdx-pm] RE: [Pdx-pm] Software development and The Rules

Austin Schutz tex at off.org
Wed Sep 25 15:34:23 CDT 2002

> For example:
> Q: What's the fastest, most space-efficient way to sort all
> of Portland's 503 phone numbers? 

for(@numbers) {

@sorted = sort { $a <=> $b }(@numbers);

	Oh, you meant fast and small for the computer. Does it matter?
	Most of the time optimal solutions are ones that are easy to
write, unless you have a specific need for performance.

	Of course, there's still some point where you have to wonder.
A modern pentium 4 processes what, 2.5 billion instructions per second?
If it takes Windows two minutes to boot, how many of the billions of
instructions were pure bloat?


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