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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by MobyTurbo on Thu 8th Jan 2004 23:43 UTC

If I recall correctly, the Camal book says that Perl is also byte compiled internally before execution, like Python (and even Tcl nowadays) Benchmarks usually show Perl being a bit faster than Python, though I don't know if Perl has an equivalent of Psycho. (The Python native compiler used in the benchmark.)