in reply to RE: RE: RE: big performance gain
in thread Training wheels again

Following up to my own post, this invocation of the debugger shows just how many symbols were added by CGI:> perl -debug Loading DB routines from version 1.0402 Emacs support available. Enter h or `h h' for help. main::(-e:1): bug DB<1> x scalar keys %main:: 0 73 DB<2> use CGI qw(:standard); DB<3> x scalar keys %main:: 0 227 DB<4>
Note that the main symbol table jumped from 73 stabs to 227 stabs. There's work behind this, and that's gonna slow you down a bit. It also takes a lot of space.

-- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker