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I was recently drawn into another discussion about a claim that project Foo was faster than project Bar because Foo is written in C (or maybe C++) and Bar is written in Java. In my experience, as a long-time kernel programmer and as someone who often codes in C even when there are almost certainly better choices, such claims are practically always false. The speed at which a particular piece of code executes only has a significant effect if your program can find something else to do after that piece is done – in other words, if your program is CPU-bound and/or well parallelized. Most programs are neither. The great majority of programs fit into one or more of the following categories.

Posted by Andrey_Karpov_2009  |   Jan 25 2013 / 11:44

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MCII replied ago:

Programming languages simply have not speed!

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