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Benchmarks "Google has released a research paper that suggests C++ is the best-performing programming language in the market. The internet giant implemented a compact algorithm in four languages - C++, Java, Scala and its own programming language Go - and then benchmarked results to find 'factors of difference'."
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GCC isn't all that great
by Alfman on Sat 11th Jun 2011 03:29 UTC
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I tend to agree that it's not usually worth optimizing code in assembly, however GCC's code is often less efficient than it should be.

We as programmers can do a better job than GCC at anticipating certain states and algorithmic conditions which give GCC trouble. Under these circumstances, it's not all that difficult to beat it.

I know ICC is generally better than GCC.

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