Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 11th May 2013 21:41 UTC
Windows "Windows is indeed slower than other operating systems in many scenarios, and the gap is worsening." That's one way to start an insider explanation of why Windows' performance isn't up to snuff. Written by someone who actually contributes code to the Windows NT kernel, the comment on Hacker News, later deleted but reposted with permission on Marc Bevand's blog, paints a very dreary picture of the state of Windows development. The root issue? Think of how Linux is developed, and you'll know the answer.
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RE[5]: Too funny
by Alfman on Mon 13th May 2013 03:21 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Too funny"
Alfman
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satsujinka,

Text versus binary logging depends on what you want to do and what tools you have. Alas you are right that many binary formats don't provide good tools, and it's often necessary to pipe textual output out of them so they can be manipulated by text utilities. This obviously has no benefit over having used a text format in the first place.

Assuming that the "binary format" is actually a real database, then I *strongly* prefer querying data from a database over using textual tools to parse semi structured text records. I've worked on several projects where we logged activity into the database instead of using text files, and we've never found a reason to regret it. We get aggregates, indexing, calculations, sophisticated searching, easy reporting & integration. In certain cases it's necessary to populate the database by parsing text logs, and it makes me wish that all tools could log into database tables directly.

It's often trivial to export databases back into text format if you wanted to, but there's hardly ever a reason to do it since database facilities are so much better.

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