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[REBOL] Re: New competition: do you accept the challenge?! :-)

From: gregg::pointillistic::com at: 7-Nov-2007 14:23

AM> This is another point-of-view: istead implementing code in java and "copy" AM> it in Rebol, I will get original code in Rebol (so it should be optimized AM> for it) and I'll try to convert it in Java. I think this brings up an important point. Does a language allow you to think in ways that let you come up with better solutions. Personally, I don't care (99.99% of the time) how languages compare when performing the same operations. I care about the final results. When VB1 came out, people complained that the p-code wasn't as fast as native code would be (under MS DOS BASICs, you could compile to native or p-code, and even use inline assembly). When MS finally added native code compilation support, people complained that the EXEs were bigger. With something like REBOL, it's difficult to compare--pinhole optimization style--since the big picture is what it's all about. -- Gregg