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D'oh! I optimized the split but not the regex :( That'll teach me to be careless. For honesty's sake:

timethese(1000000, { Regex => '$a=$1 if $myvar =~ /^[^,]+,([^,]+)/', Split1 => '$result = (split /,/, $myvar)[1]', Split2 => '$result = (split /,/, $myvar, 4)[1]', Split3 => '$result = (split /,/, $myvar, 3)[1]' }); Benchmark: timing 1000000 iterations of Regex, Split1, Split2, Split3. +.. Regex: 14 wallclock secs (14.12 usr + 0.00 sys = 14.12 CPU) Split1: 17 wallclock secs (16.54 usr + 0.00 sys = 16.54 CPU) Split2: 16 wallclock secs (16.75 usr + 0.00 sys = 16.75 CPU) Split3: 14 wallclock secs (13.02 usr + 0.00 sys = 13.02 CPU)
I'm going to cry myself to sleep tonight.

Curiously, though, it was the null assignments that appeared to be killing the efficiency ($a=$1, $b=$2, $c=$3, $d=$4) much more than the unoptimized regex. Hmmm....

Cheers,
Ovid


In reply to (Ovid): The monk recants by Ovid
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