Subject: Re: Efficiency? From: Erik Naggum <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2000/10/06 Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp Message-ID: <email@example.com> * Christopher Browne | As for the notion that one can "very often tell where a major | bottleneck will occur," I'll believe Jon Bentley before I believe you. | His longstanding series on "Programming Pearls" has often looked at the | issue of benchmarking, and found that peoples' intuitions of performance | and efficiency are quite counter to reality. Sure, _after_ they had removed/avoided all the obvious bottlenecks. What you and Adrian are doing here is called an "anachronism": You regard the truth of a statement which applies before writing code to the measurable problems that occur after the code has been written. This is obviously a bottleneck to effective and efficient _thinking_ like arriving at reasonable smart conclusions in a reasonably short time. What I don't understand is why did you guys walked right into this one. #:Erik -- If this is not what you expected, please alter your expectations.