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Re: efficiency

On Sat, 04 Feb 2017 08:38:52 -0800
Ray Andrews <rayandrews@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Of course.  Still it's good to understand the theory of the thing. As I 
> said, in practice the difference was a milisecond but I backed the wrong 
> horse, which is instructive since it suggests that the shell likes fewer 
> lines more than it likes simplified calculation.

Yes, that does sound right.  In an interpreted language quite a lot of
the overhead is that you need to start from scratch on each line of
input, working out what it is and passing through the hierarchy first of
parsing and then execution.  The math expression is interpreted, too,
and has its own parsing and execution phases, but in a significantly
more limited way.  The actual time taken adding, subtracting and
dividing to do the calculation within that is utterly trivial,
I should think nearer nanoseconds than microseconds.


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