RunRev vs RealBasic (Richard Gaskin)

Michael D Mays michael.rr at
Thu Jan 20 17:34:44 EST 2005

Yes 4000 times faster, once you take your shoes off.

One char, 4 char and 8 char replacement is fast.

on mouseUp
   repeat with i = 1 to 1000000
     put "1234567890" after dd
   end repeat
   put 9999990 into a
   get the long seconds
   put "a" into char a of dd
   put "abcd" into char a to a+3 of dd
   put "abcdefgh" into char a to a+7 of dd
   put the long seconds - it
end mouseUp


On Jan 20, 2005, at 12:38 AM, Richard Gaskin wrote:

> Richard Gaskin wrote:
>> Chipp Walters wrote:
>>  > Richard Gaskin wrote:
>>  >> I've been pondering this new speed enhancement to same-size
>>  >> chunk replacements, specifically in regard to image processing.
>>  >> Since much of what image processing involves is replacing a
>>  >> specific number of bytes, I wonder if any of the folks here
>>  >> have made any recent experiments with writing image filters
>>  >> in native Transcript.  With the sort of speed Dar reports we
>>  >> may find that some types of filters can run acceptably well
>>  >> in Transcript alone.
>>  >
>>  > I did write some compositing and blur/sharpen filters in
>>  > transcript some time ago, but I don't know the details of
>>  > the 'same-size chunk' replacements. Where can I find more info?
>> All I know is what Dar posted here, but it sounded really tasty. 
>> Apparently he made a suggestion to Scott Raney about ways to optimize 
>> operations in which a string of a given length is used to replace a 
>> substring of the same length within a larger chunk.
>> In previous versions a very generalized approach was used for all 
>> replacement operations, requiring that the data be copied during the 
>> replacement, which can be computationally expensive with large 
>> chunks.
>> Since the data being inserted is the same length as the data being 
>> removed the handle size doesn't change, allowing the operation to 
>> work in-place, without copying.
>> IIRC, Raney reported that the new method should improve speed by 
>> roughly 4000 times for those cases.
>> Dar - got the details for us?
> Found the Bugzilla notes:
> <>

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