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RE: RE: RE: big performance gain

by merlyn (Sage)
on Sep 10, 2000 at 20:06 UTC ( [id://31796]=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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

There's a huge performance difference between use CGI and use CGI qw(:standard) because the latter has to make 150 or so symbols through an import, where the former simply loads the "lincoln loader" selfloader and compiles subroutines as needed.

-- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker

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RE: RE: RE: RE: big performance gain
by merlyn (Sage) on Sep 10, 2000 at 20:19 UTC
    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

      i only recently took the necessary code out of (i practically only ever needed the part for taking params off a POST-form), and packed it into my own code. not very clean, i know, but Benchmark told me the code with use took 500secs for 1_000_000 iterations, the other one only 3 secs. So... I'm sticking with that.

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