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My Reality Moment. Why Did I Ever Agree to Do This?

When I first took this job of leading our scripting languages area, the Reality Moment struck when I had my first real look at the challenges of dynamic languages. For example, if you compare two strings in a program, we have some new instructions in the processor which can make these go very fast. But unfortunately, if you compare two strings in PHP, you first need to determine if the strings...
Authored by David S. (Blackbelt) Last updated on 07/04/2019 - 17:46
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PGO: Let It Go (PHP)

We can hope that companies like Intel® will come along with a faster processor. (And this does tend to happen every year). Or we can improve our compilers to produce better machine code. Or we can analyze our own code and change it to run more optimally. For PHP, we do all three: We partner with the processor architects to improve the way they execute PHP; we look for changes we can make to the...
Authored by David S. (Blackbelt) Last updated on 07/03/2019 - 20:08