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J. Landman Gay
jacque at hyperactivesw.com
Mon Oct 17 23:09:18 CDT 2005
Mark Wieder wrote:
> Monday, October 17, 2005, 10:35:14 AM, you wrote:
>>True, though knowing Scott Raney he wouldn't change it even now.
> There shouldn't really be much of a speed difference - the way this is
> usually handled is you create a hash table with the overloaded
> functions. If there's a match in the hash table then you process it
> locally, otherwise you move right on to the builtins. So the only hit
> you take is in a quick lookup in the hash table. It's a direct lookup,
> it's either there or it isn't, and it's compiled and optimized. Should
> actually take less overhead than a scripted function call.
> I sense an inherent incompatibility between the folks who want more
> speed out of the basic engine calls (arrays and such) and the folks
> who want the flexibility of overloading the builtin functions. I fall
> more in the latter category, but not enough to want things to change
> (and possibly break existing behavior).
I can't think of a reason to change it either, but there's no law
against putting in a Bugzilla feature request if someone really wants it.
Jacqueline Landman Gay | jacque at hyperactivesw.com
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