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 jizzles on Fri 9th Jan 2004 01:24 UTC

"Agreed. One of the first things I ever wrote in Java (about 9 years ago) was an implementation of IDEA, and I quickly learned why lack of unsigned types was a bad thing. I ended up using signed 32-bit integers to emulate unsigned 16-bit integers...."

Characters are unsigned 16 bit quantities. They are the only unsigned types in Java. Why didn't you use them?