Subject: Re: Efficiency?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/10/06
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* "Frank A. Adrian" <>
| Then there must not be many "good" programmers out there.

  Well, duh!

| The few studies that have been performed to test this conjecture are
| conclusive in showing that your statement is unlikely to be true.
| Most recognized "good programmers" also disagree, having learned the
| hard way that their suppositions about what is a bottleneck are
| usually incorrect.  However, a good dose of profiling before
| optimization can work wonders.

  Has it occurred to that they disagree after the ones they have
  agreed on didn't even come up?  If you're a good programmer, you
  don't do utterly boneheaded things only to discover sometime later
  that it's a bottleneck.  E.g., good Lisp programmers know when to
  coulud do with O(n).

| No offense, but you are wrong, wrong, WRONG.  Incredibly incorrect.

  No offense, but you don't listen to what others say, so whether you
  think it's incorrect is completely irrelevant.

  If this is not what you expected, please alter your expectations.