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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Re: Paris Hilton
by Bascule on Fri 9th Jan 2004 06:27 UTC

How not to write a benchmark.... Your code does not test for successful completion and accurate results!

(...much like the real Paris Hilton, a basic conceptual understanding is present but a knowledge of details is lacking...)

As long as you're using standard runtimes or linking against standard libm's, there really isn't going to be a problem.

Attempting to check the results may be especially problematic in certain areas, due to floating point round off error, unless you're doing all your testing on platforms with IEEE floats.