Re: Why are intepreters so slow today

Lawrence Kirby (
Sat, 23 Apr 1994 15:32:41 +0000

In article <> "Paul Crowley" writes:

>>Under C this took 10 seconds, interpreted BASIC took 16 seconds.
>Acorn knew that new users would take the speed of the BASIC as a
>measure of the speed of the processor. As a result, ARM Basic is
>beefed up and optimised far beyond its reasonable utility...

This doesn't make much sense. You appear to be saying there is a point
beyond which it is pointless(!) to improve the performance of a language.
You might just as well say the same for a processor. In practice both
benefit the system greatly by being as fast as possible. There has been a lot
of software written for the Archimedes in BASIC. The fact that there isn't
even more is probably down to the fact that ultimately it still isn't
fast enough.

Lawrence Kirby |
Wilts, England |