[Haskell-cafe] Shootout favoring imperative code

Brent Fulgham bfulg at pacbell.net
Thu Jan 5 20:26:33 EST 2006

--- Chris Kuklewicz <haskell at list.mightyreason.com>

> Also about sum-file: They do not reveal what the
> actual 8k test file contains.  So there is no way
> to reproduce the benchmark locally for testing.
> (One can learn it totals 400000, but since
> negative numbers are allowed, this does not help

It's created by catting the example file together
multiple times.  I'll update the page to be more clear
this, and I can send you the actual file used on the
machine if you want.

> Apparantly it is bottlenecked by parsing strings
> into integers, but they specify "Programs should use
> built-in line-oriented I/O functions rather
> than custom-code." which means the programmer's
> hands are completely tied.  So it is just a
benchmark of the 
> build-in library function, not
> of any algorithm the programmer provides.

Yes -- it was designed as a test of the standard I/O


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