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Re: Compiled version of awk program

From: arnold
Subject: Re: Compiled version of awk program
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2021 02:04:49 -0600
User-agent: Heirloom mailx 12.5 7/5/10

I stand corrected. :-)


The Knuth paper is reprinted in his book "Literate Programmng" which
is very much worth owning.


Bob Proulx <bob@proulx.com> wrote:

> arnold@skeeve.com wrote:
> > Bob Proulx <bob@proulx.com> wrote:
> > > "Premature optimization is the root of all evil." --Tony Hoare.
> > 
> > It was Donald Knuth who said this, in his landmark paper
> > "Structured Programming With GOTO Statements".  :-)
> I know that Knuth is famous for popularizing it.  But I researched
> this before posting it.  I could not find a free version of Knuth's
> paper but I found this reference.
>     https://ubiquity.acm.org/article.cfm?id=1513451
>     Every programmer with a few years' experience or education has
>     heard the phrase "premature optimization is the root of all evil."
>     This famous quote by Sir Tony Hoare (popularized by Donald Knuth)
>     has become a best practice among software engineers.
>     ...
>     The second thing to note is that Hoare did not simply say,
>     "Premature optimization is the root of all evil." He said, "We
>     should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time:
>     premature optimization is the root of all evil."
>     ...
> According to stack exchange Knuth himself refers to this as "Hoare's Dictum".
> https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/63968/optimization-the-root-of-all-evil-in-statistics
>     Knuth refers to this as "Hoare's Dictum" 15 years later
> And that's really all I know about it!
> > Tony Hoare has other pithy statements to his credit, though.
> Both of them are masters! :-)
> Bob

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