The Moths of Programming with Dino Dini

The Moths of Programming 5 - Compilers Optimise Code Better Than Humans

September 25, 2021 Dino Dini Season 1 Episode 5
The Moths of Programming with Dino Dini
The Moths of Programming 5 - Compilers Optimise Code Better Than Humans
Show Notes

In any social media facilitated discussion about programming the topic of code optimisation with often arise. Anyone who has expertise in low level optimisation are likely to face a choice: being silent or enduring endless accusations of irrelevance and hubris. Most choose the former approach as a more efficient and effective path to take, even if they earn a living developing and maintaining optimising code generators. 

The idea that Compilers Optimise Code Better Than Humans is, I argue, another Moth of Programming:  an idea that has become popular in software engineering due to virality instead of reality.

 


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