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posted by LaminatorX on Sunday March 16 2014, @03:28AM   Printer-friendly
from the premature-optimization-is-the-root-of-all-evil dept.

Subsentient writes:

"I've been writing C for quite some time, but I never followed good conventions I'm afraid, and I never payed much attention to the optimization tricks of the higher C programmers. Sure, I use const when I can, I use the pointer methods for manual string copying, I even use register for all the good that does with modern compilers, but now, I'm trying to write a C-string handling library for personal use, but I need speed, and I really don't want to use inline ASM. So, I am wondering, what would other Soylenters do to write efficient, pure, standards-compliant C?"

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  • (Score: 1) by Platinumrat on Sunday March 16 2014, @09:09PM

    by Platinumrat (395) on Sunday March 16 2014, @09:09PM (#17278)
    I agree with the above, but add the following proviso...

    You need an architecture that supports your algorithms

    What I mean, is that people tend to micro optimise, but then go use CORBA, JSON, XML, HTLM, REST (name your web service) architecture for inter-process communication or data access, when it's not appropriate. Sometimes, mbufs, dmesg, SQL or TCP/UDP are perfectly appropriate means of passing data around.

    No compiler can help, if you include inappropriate frameworks.