I think you're arguing against a point I didn't make.
(Though, in fairness, I might have been arguing against
a point you didn't make.) I didn't suggest that
optimization was unimportant or even undesirable; rather,
that given a program almost entirely written in Perl,
there's usually no point in speeding up the C bits. The
key word is "usually", BTW; my main
point is that
optimization should only be attempted when profiling shows
that the effort will be rewarded.
UPDATE: The following complaints are wrong;
please ignore them. I've left them here for hysterical
raisins, and so replies don't seem confusing.
BTW, you don't help your case when you use punctuation
marks that are neither ASCII nor Latin-1; it makes your
comments hard to read. Let me guess:
You're using Windows, right? You ought to look at your
comment from a Unix system; it has lots of question marks
where they don't belong.
-- Chip Salzenberg, Free-Floating Agent of Chaos