[Haskell-cafe] #haskell works

Tim Chevalier catamorphism at gmail.com
Fri Dec 14 23:05:50 EST 2007

On 12/14/07, Andrew Coppin <andrewcoppin at btinternet.com> wrote:
> Well anyway, a few years ago we didn't have fusion,

This is not true. Shortcut deforestation (fusion) has been in GHC for
at least fourteen years:

It's true that we didn't have stream fusion a few years ago.

> and we didn't have ByteString.


> All I know is that once again, it seems Haskell isn't as fast as I thought...
> *sigh*

No, what you know is that *one particular implementation* of Haskell
isn't as fast as you thought.

> A few years ago, the program would have taken 0.35 seconds.
> The end.

I would be careful about making this statement if I were you. Did you
actually try running the same code in GHC 5.0? It's not as if GHC
didn't implement *any* optimizations in 2003 (you said above that
"0.35 seconds" was the result you got with -O0.)


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