Wednesday, August 04, 2010

[off-topic] Rakudo - Perl6 - wait is over!

Just compiled the Rakudo and it seems the wait for a Perl6 implementation is finally over!

~/src/rakudo $ time ./perl6 -e 'print "hello\n"'

real 0m3.052s
user 0m0.708s
sys 0m0.753s

I mean, ~3 [*CENSORED*] seconds to print a puny [*CENSORED*] string?

No folks, I'm not waiting for it anymore. I simply go on using the Perl5.

R.I.P. Perl6, we barely knew you.

P.S. I understand alpha/beta status and all. But I doubt that even release would be able to fix the 10-100x performance regression. And yes, I checked Parrot was all compiled with optimizations.

P.P.S. I tested inside of the VirtualBox. That might slow down an application. Yet the Perl5 performance in the very same conditions is totally OK:

~/src/rakudo $ time perl -e 'print "hello\n"'

real 0m0.041s
user 0m0.002s
sys 0m0.013s
~/src/rakudo $

P.P.P.S. On my up-to-date Sidux, strace tells that "perl" needed only 101 syscall to print a string. Rakudo - 1146. Among them 527 brk()s. That's a very RAM conscious application we have here.

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