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Re: Re+ :Perl Idioms Explained: && and || "Short Circuit" operators

by demerphq (Chancellor)
on Oct 23, 2003 at 12:25 UTC ( #301554=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re+ :Perl Idioms Explained: && and || "Short Circuit" operators
in thread Perl Idioms Explained - && and || "Short Circuit" operators

So the rub of this is that switch() is not O(1). But that as often as possible the optimizer will do its best to convert it to be so. Which if you think about it means that from a programmers perspective its merely syntactic sugar for a chain of ifs. I say this becuase its just as reasonable to assume that the optimizer could figure out that a chain of ifs can be represented by a jump table and do the same optimization there.

Also in your private message to me you mentioned that on occassion the compiler constructs a multi gigabyte executable to try to provide this "optimization". Which I would have thought _totally_ defeats the purpose given that the swap/thrash times involved to implement it would _far_ outweigh the execution times of a chained if.

Anyway, many thanks to you and the other respondants about this. I have certainly learned something.


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Re: Re: Re+ :Perl Idioms Explained: && and || "Short Circuit" operators
by TimToady (Parson) on Oct 23, 2003 at 18:03 UTC
    I say this becuase its just as reasonable to assume that the optimizer could figure out that a chain of ifs can be represented by a jump table and do the same optimization there.

    Indeed, Perl4 did precisely that. We kept threatening to do it in Perl5, but nobody ever got around to doing it. Perl6 will need to do it--the switch statement was designed with the assumption that it would be optimized in the simple cases.

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