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[REBOL] Re: RFC: Cross-language benchmark proposal

From: greggirwin:mindspring at: 8-Nov-2002 10:38

Lots of good ideas flowing here, which brings me back to a question I posted but that people may not have had a chance to respond to. What is our goal? REBOL, being a pure inpterpreter is going to be at a disadvantage in some areas, but have advantages in others. Benchmarking things like sorting is nice because you need to do it all the time. If it's native to a language, it's sort of like benchmarking a compiler's optimizations, except that you're comparing the compiler used to build the language *and* the design of the sort function. Only the result matters though. In the case of SORT, you can have simple and complex tests (e.g. multi-column sorts, sorting a series of objects or structures, etc.) which may show the various levels of sorting support in a language. Maybe the Standard and Custom views are more like a distinction between academic and "applied"? The Academic view is like the other shootout, and the Applied view is comparing how you would actually use it on a daily basis and how ranks in that context (speed, clarity, etc.). What do you think? --Gregg