the "price" of a context switch/function call

Bob Sneidar bobsneidar at
Wed Oct 8 11:03:42 EDT 2014

I get caught up in such thoughts from time to time, and then wake up to realize that the slow method is having absolutely no noticeable effect on the speed of my app, and won’t in the foreseeable future because the app is not of such a nature that it will scale to the point that it would. 

Then I kick myself in the hiney and get on with making my app actually work properly. 

Bob S

On Oct 4, 2014, at 10:54 , Dr. Hawkins <dochawk at> wrote:

> I'm eternally conflicted between the needed frugality of my eight bit
> childhood and the desire for clean code . . .
> And I never forget the model I wrote in smalltalk with nice "proper"
> OO message passing (the messages I was modeling, in fact), and then
> rewrote line for line in Fortran without optimizing--a 45,000 to one
> speedup.
> Anyway, today's conflicted question is on function calls, and how much it
> "costs" to make a function call in livecode.
> If I'm going to call a routine, say, 100 times in a fraction of a second,
> do I really save much by inlining it rather than calling it as a function?
> -- 
> Dr. Richard E. Hawkins, Esq.
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