Linked by Christopher W. Cowell-Shah on Thu 8th Jan 2004 19:33 UTC
General Development This article discusses a small-scale benchmark test run on nine modern computer languages or variants: Java 1.3.1, Java 1.4.2, C compiled with gcc 3.3.1, Python 2.3.2, Python compiled with Psyco 1.1.1, and the four languages supported by Microsoft's Visual Studio .NET 2003 development environment: Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual C++, and Visual J#. The benchmark tests arithmetic and trigonometric functions using a variety of data types, and also tests simple file I/O. All tests took place on a Pentium 4-based computer running Windows XP. Update: Delphi version of the benchmark here.
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VB IO Code could be improved...
by rizzo on Thu 8th Jan 2004 23:32 UTC

The following code:

FileOpen(1, fileName, Microsoft.VisualBasic.OpenMode.Output)
Do While (i < ioMax)
PrintLine(1, myString)
i += 1
Loop
FileClose(1)

could be much improved by using the native .NET methods. In fact, the code should be identical to that of C#.
In addition, the C# IO code is using try..catch construct that could slow the code down. It would be good to retest the code using these suggestions.