Friday, April 25, 2003

Quote of the Day

Premature optimization is the root of all evil (or at least most of it) in programming. —Donald Knuth

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I definitely agree. Even in intro programming classes you get students asking questions like: "But isn't a function call expensive?" That's why lots of people still use languages like C/C++ when they should be using Java, Python, ... and then optimizing those parts that profilers report as crucial.

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