[Haskell-cafe] Re: OCaml list sees abysmal Language Shootout results
ozone at algorithm.com.au
Fri Oct 8 18:05:46 EDT 2004
On 07/10/2004, at 11:51 AM, Peter Simons wrote:
> The problem is not Haskell, nor is it the implementation.
> The problem is that beginners, including yours truly, tend
> to write awfully inefficient code once you give them a
> "String" and tell them: Here, that's the contents of your
> file. The lazy API hides the fact that I/O takes place, and
> it is very tempting to forget that you shouldn't use it like
> a random access list. The lazy API "encourages" you to write
> inefficient code.
> Nonetheless, the problem is the inefficient code, not the
If the language encourages you to write inefficient code (or rather,
discourages you from writing efficient code), I see that as a problem
with the language. You mention the use of hGetBufNonBlocking to get
better performance: would you like to rewrite all your code to use
hGetBufNonBlocking rather than using e.g. stream-based lazy lists?
% Andre Pang : trust.in.love.to.save
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