Repeat for each line of a variable or field?

JB sundown at
Sat Jan 12 11:37:22 EST 2019

It is faster to use version 1 because accessing the
lines in a variable is faster than accessing lines in
a field.


> On Jan 12, 2019, at 8:01 AM, David Epstein via use-livecode <use-livecode at> wrote:
> I've done a little bit of speed testing showing extremely slight differences, but wonder if anyone who understands the "engine" can advise on this:
> Is there a difference between these two approaches?
> (1) put fld 1 into txt; repeat for each line k in txt; etc.
> and
> (2) repeat for each line k in fld 1; etc.
> For no very good reason, I tend to do (1), but have begun to wonder:  for a very lengthy field 1, does my writing to a variable use up more RAM, and so perhaps injure performance?  Or is the engine in effect writing to a variable either way?  Is a variable read more quickly than a field?  
> Many thanks.
> David Epstein
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