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RE: in case you missed the chat...

by Ovid (Cardinal)
on Jun 27, 2000 at 22:07 UTC ( #20042=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to in case you missed the chat...

I also enjoy this idea. I've asked for code optimization advice on some stuff that I've posted, but I rarely get answers that cover optmization per se. I'm finally at a point where I feel comfortable working in Perl and need to move to the next level, so to speak. While much of that is learning the libraries and not constantly reiventing the wheel, a lot of that is understanding what's under the hood so I'm not putting a Ford Pinto engine in an 18-wheeler.

Update: Adam did rightly point out that my metaphor was rather lame. I knew it was when I typed it, but it's akin to how I speak: I just open my mouth and wait to see what comes out.

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RE: RE: in case you missed the chat...
by Adam (Vicar) on Jun 27, 2000 at 22:44 UTC
    Optimization is about using as little as possible to acheive your goal. A Ford Pinto engine would never acheive the goals of an 18-wheeler. On the other hand, a huge V8 400 engine would be overkill for a Ford Pinto. It would work, and a beginner might use it because he knows it will work, but an expert would realize that the extra power is likely to destroy the wheels and waste gas, so he'd (or she) would prefer to use a smaller four banger to do the job.

    I don't know why I'm posting this, I guess your metaphor intrigued me. :)

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