On Friday, 23 February 2018 at 20:41:17 UTC, bauss wrote:
On Friday, 23 February 2018 at 20:35:44 UTC, Rubn wrote:
On Friday, 23 February 2018 at 20:15:12 UTC, H. S. Teoh wrote:
Now that I got your attention:
tl;dr: A trivial piece of code, written as ostensibly
"idiomatic D" with std.algorithm and std.range templates,
compiles *an order of magnitude* slower than the equivalent
hand-written loop. The way the compiler compiles templates
needs some serious improvement.
(And this is why our current fast-fast-fast slogan annoys me
so much. One can argue that it's misleading advertising,
given that what's considered "idiomatic D", using features
like templates and generic code that's highly-touted as D's
strong points, compiles a whole order of magnitude slower
than C-style D. Makes me cringe every time I hear "fast
code, fast". Our old slogan is a much more accurate
description of the current state of things.)
It's not that big of a slow down. Using "fast" you don't
import any modules so they never have to be parsed. That's
pretty much all of phobos you don't have to parse in that
example. That's just the initial cost too. In a big project
this won't make a difference. You create a tiny example that
is irrelevant to the larger scale, that takes 0.3 seconds
longer to compile. It's a magnitude slower cause in your fast
example it's literately only parsing 5 lines of code instead
of hundreds of lines like it is in your slow example.
It actually matters a lot for big projects with lots of
templates, especially nested templates. Gets a whole lot worse
when it's templates within mixin templates with templates.
It's not just a "0.3" second difference, but can be half a
minute or even more.
Like with anything, since you can now basically run code at
compile time, you are going to have to make optimizations to your
code. If you make a million template instances, well a compiler
isn't going to magically be able to make that fast. This slowdown
for this specific example isn't cause by templates, it's caused
by having to parse all the extra lines of code from phobos. I
didn't say there aren't problems with templates, but this example
accurately depicts nothing.