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:RE: gcc and python in their native environments?
by Uno Engborg on Sun 11th Jan 2004 06:13 UTC

Actually perl is compiled. It's just that it normally isn't stored like a compiled binary. Interpreting languages are usually iterpreted on a line by line bases, while all of the perl code is read and converted to something machine executable before a perl program starts doing some useful work.

At least in some unix environments it is possible to dump the compiled perl binary to create a true executable.