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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Profiling the Profiled code
by MikeDreamingofabetterDay: OS X on Fri 9th Jan 2004 00:45 UTC

I only wish. I've been on three large C++ version 6 project.
( 100 to 300 classes ). The VC++ compiler generated broken release code. We shipped the "Debug build".

Could not convince product manager to buy better tools or allocate any time to find the problem. Many memory leaks were from Microsoft's MFC classes.

My point is, Java code profiling on the fly, is the better solution.
Mostly because 99% of the programmer's out there will never get the chance to profile their code, if they even know how to do it. Manger's won't spend the time or money.