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

* 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.

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