Re: Why are intepreters so slow today

John Nagle (
Sat, 16 Apr 1994 18:01:31 GMT (Chris Winemiller) writes:
>I tried this on my machine, and also tried the equivalent code in
>Smalltalk/V for Win32:
>The C version, running in a DOS window under Windows 3.1, executed in
>about 4 seconds. The Smalltalk code ran in 14 seconds. That's a factor
>of between 1/3 and 1/4 the speed of the C version---Certainly within
>your criterion of 1/10.

Now that's more like it. That system is actually a compiler.
Still, you're getting all the features of a dynamic language as well as
decent performance.

It's too bad the Digitalk product for the Mac hasn't kept up with
the Intel-platform products.

John Nagle