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[REBOL] Re: Rebol Memory Allocation Strategy?

From: gscottjones:mchsi at: 22-Sep-2002 8:28

Hi, Joel, (Heavily edited; original e-mail: ) From: "Joel Neely"
> IMHO "better" is a function of many things, so I prefer > to use more descriptive terms most of the time, > especially in cases where there are significant trade-offs.
Good point, and I was particularly sloppy in my wrap-up.
> IMHO this is a stellar example of how tweaking a > lower-level bit of code for some presumably noble > purpose can end up making life much more complex > for later, higher-level uses of said code.
Excellent reminder. I always feel a bit silly putting an absurd number of iterations into an arbitrary example. I do it mainly to understand the relative cost of operations. I hope I am not mis-casting what you have said, but you are reminding me that there are costs in other areas besides speed and memory use alone. Good point, because this is exactly why I have gravitated toward scripting languages. ...
> Complexity resembles entropy in this regard; it's much > easier to open a can of worms than it is to re-can them!
Another Joel quotable. Your clarity of thought and skills of articulation continually amaze me. Thanks for your continued contributions to the list! --Scott Jones