[Haskell-cafe] Re: OCaml list sees abysmal Language Shootout results

Keith Wansbrough Keith.Wansbrough at cl.cam.ac.uk
Thu Oct 7 05:39:15 EDT 2004

> I feel a bit guilty for my ugly wc implementation. At the moment of
> writing the first version I was thinking only about efficiency, not
> about elegance.
> We have already created on this list a version which is
> fast and quite elegant at the same time, and I feel this one is better
> for the shootout even if it's slower than the one currently used (but it
> doesn't use unsafeRead). The good news is that the development GHC 6.3
> compiles this to code which is almost as fast as the ugly one.

I agree; the code should look reasonable - this will be many people's first sight of Haskell code.

Count me as a vote for the better-but-slightly-slower wc.

--KW 8-)
Keith Wansbrough <kw217 at cl.cam.ac.uk>
University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory.

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