in reply to Re: Subroutines: Returning a hash vs. hash reference
in thread Subroutines: Returning a hash vs. hash reference

/me mutters something along the lines of "Why didn't I think of that?" :)

Anyhow, I went as far as 2000x2000 and got the following results:

return hash takes: 32 secs return hash REF takes: 11 secs
This demonstrates that hash REFs do indeed run much faster. I suppose that returning a regular hash requires that the interpreter copy the data structure... likely doubling the memory required to keep the data structure memorized.

Thanks a lot, I do believe I have got an answer to my "problem".

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Re: Re: Re: Subroutines: Returning a hash vs. hash reference
by BrowserUk (Patriarch) on Nov 28, 2002 at 04:56 UTC

    It's actually worse than just copying the data first flattens the structure to a list of (key0, value0, key1, value1,...) then has to re-construct the hash by re-hashing all the keys. Its the latter part that takes most of the time.

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