Real-life optimization work
Posted Nov 5, 2005 3:11 UTC (Sat) by vonbrand
In reply to: Real-life optimization work
Parent article: All hail the speed demons (O'Reillynet)
Sorry, but comparing the size of the binaries is useless. Use
size(1) for that. Also, from what I understand, on SPARC 64-bit binaries are much larger due to larger constants (pointers, integers, ...) all over the place.
Besides, what is the point? To get anything running on an 8-bit machine was a challenge, lots of things you take for granted today weren't even the stuff of wet dreams then. You also have to remember that today the expensive part of the mix is people, not machine. Sure, one could develop mean and lean applications doing most of what today's software does. With enough care, you could even figure out how to include just the features people really use, and shave off quite a bit more. But the development would be a whole lot more expensive, just for letting a few MiB of RAM lay around unused for a change.
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