Real-life optimization work
Posted Nov 3, 2005 3:17 UTC (Thu) by piman
In reply to: Real-life optimization work
Parent article: All hail the speed demons (O'Reillynet)
The biggest tradeoff is not features but development time. If developers had twice the time to write twice the features, software would probably be faster and leaner. Instead, people want twice the features in half the time. Back in 2000 the chant was "good fonts!", not "good and fast fonts!" and now we're doing the other half of the work.
There is also something to be said for the average quality of programmers in 1980 versus the average quality today. There are more good programmers, but it's more common to have one good and five bad programmers writing your product, than two good programmers. Or sometimes just five bad programmers. On the other hand, we have a lot more software.
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