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Is microoptimization worth it in mobile devices?

Usually microoptimization is considered not worth it with the following explanation: it might speed up the program by less that one percent, but noone cares of that minor boost - that's just too ...
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Eclipse runs my java program 6 times faster… Can I achieve this performance without using it?

I've written a java program that generates all repetitive permutations based on the characters and the length given. When I execute my code in Eclipse, it generates a file with 1,000,000 permutations ...
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Would it be better to have extra checks, or would it be a waste of time? [duplicate]

In your opinion, do you think it is a waste of time to make checks that you know there is no possible way of it being there/not being there, or would you just put it there just in case there is a bug ...
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Increase Performance of VS 2010 by using a SSD [closed]

After searching on the internet for performance improvements when using Visual Studio 2010 with a solid state hard drive, I heard a lot of different opinions. A lot of people said that there isn't ...
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Why does expressing calculations as matrix multiplications make them faster?

In Google's MNist tutorial using TensorFlow, a calculation is exhibited in which one step is equivalent to multiplying a matrix by a vector. Google first shows a picture in which each numeric ...
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When is it a good time to reason about performance in Haskell?

Simon Peyton Jones himself recognizes that reasoning about performance in Haskell is hard due to the non strict semantics. I have yet to write a significant project in haskell so I wonder: can I ...
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Is there any better approach to shortest path finding within a (vehicular) traffic network?

Dear fellow programmers, We're developing software which simulates vehicular traffic. Part of the process called "assignment" is concerned with assigning vehicles to their routes and has to use some ...
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Practical size limits of a Hashtable and Dictionary in c#

What are the practical limits for the number of items a C# 4 Dictionary or Hashtable can contain and the total number of bytes these structures can reasonable contain. I'll be working with large ...
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How to design a scalable notification system? [closed]

I need to write a notification system manager. Here is my requirements: I need to be able to send a Notification on different platforms, which may be totally different (for exemple, I need to be ...
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How can I monitor the JVM memory in a proper way?

I'm thinking of how we do JVM memory monitor in a low overhead way in production environment even under busy hour. Suppose I have two tomcat app server in production, load balance set up behind them. ...
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What is the best way to keep track of the median?

I read a question, and I'm looking for input on how to solve it: Numbers are randomly generated and stored into an (expanding) array, How would you keep track of the median? There are two data ...
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Low Latency Unix/Linux

Most low latency/high frequency programming jobs (based on job specs) appear to be implemented on unix platforms. In a lot of the specs they make particular request for people with "low latency linux" ...
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Should I charge a client for mistakes that I made? [duplicate]

After developing a website for a client, I've realized that the load time is too extreme, and some changes need to be made. The extreme load times are attributed to the bloated css/js frameworks that ...
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How do you off load work from the database?

In at least the web development field, web servers are everywhere but are backed by very few database servers. As web servers get hit with requests they execute large queries on the database, putting ...
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Is it a performance hit to create threads that loop a lot to check for things?

This is a generic question that I've always wondered. In general, is it intensive for a CPU to create threads that perform "while not true ..." loops or similar? For example, suppose I do: // ...
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Software Optimization vs. Hardware Optimization - what has the bigger impact?

I was wondering how software optimization and hardware optimization compare when it comes to the impact they have on speed and performance gains of computers. I have heard that improving software ...
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Foreach loop and variable initialization

Is there a difference between these two versions of code? foreach (var thing in things) { int i = thing.number; // code using 'i' // pay no attention to the uselessness of 'i' } int i;...
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Memory management for fast message passing between threads in C++

Suppose there are two threads, which communicate by asynchronously sending data messages to each other. Each thread has some kind of message queue. My question is very low level: What can be expected ...
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Enterprise software: Where should the code go? [duplicate]

I recently went for an interview with a software company that claims to write enterprise level software. During the interview, the interviewer remarked that its better to use the database simply to ...
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Log to file or to database table?

I'm developing a web application which uses MS SQL for various data: including users, user accounts, user licenses, license prices, invoices. I need to log users' real-time usage of the system, and ...
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Does javascript support numerically indexed arrays with a more optimized algorithm than an associative array?

I know that Python, Perl, Java, Lua and obviously C (as it's the only array that's in ANSI standard afaik) support faster looking of numerically indexed arrays than doing a hash lookup or anything ...
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Does LINQ require significantly more processing cycles and memory than lower-level data iteration techniques?

Background I am recently in the process of enduring grueling tech interviews for positions that use the .NET stack, some of which include silly questions like this one, and some questions that are ...
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Is there a performance benefit to using immutable objects in a scripting language?

As I understand it, writing your objects in an immutable style can help the performance of your program for compiled languages, as the compiler tends to rewrite your code in single static assignment ...
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How does the Hip hop virtual machine (HHVM) theoretically improve PHP runtime performance?

From a high level, how does Facebook, et. al use to improve PHP performance with the Hip Hop Virtual Machine? How does it differ from executing code using the traditional zend engine? Is it because ...
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What are the benefits of archiving?

I always see sites that only keeps fresh content on the home or subsections, and the rest of the content is kept in a separate section called 'archive'. Recently I have also heard that NoSQL DB's ...
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Are Concurrency Abstractions Emulating UNIX Processes?

OK, I was pondering this today, and I've come to ask for completely subjective and bias opinions on it. Paradoxically, despite this, I don't think it's flame-war fodder either. I think there is room ...
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Strategies for investigating performance of an ASP.NET web application running under .NET 4

I'm trying to compare the performance of an application that has recently been converted from .NET2 to .NET4. From my perfomance tests it seems that although page response times are generally a bit ...
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Is it good to define a variable inside a loop? [closed]

My instructor once told me that I should not define a variable inside a loop, but I honestly still do not understand why. What are the disadvantages of that? Could any body explain that to me?
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Why scalability issues cannot be solved by more servers ?

I know that big websites suffer from scalability issues and I guess that more servers (hardware) can help to handle scalabililty issues but I see that big websites are stuck about scalability even if ...
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Big-O for nested loop

I am reading this post on Big-O It says that the following code is O(n^2): bool ContainsDuplicates(String[] strings) { for(int i = 0; i < strings.Length; i++) { for(int j = 0; j &...
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How important is to initialize a variable

How important is it to initialize variables? Does proper initializing avoid memory leaks or have performance advantages?
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Should web browsers include popular web framework libraries?

What reasons are there for web browsers to not have a library of popular web frameworks. For example if a web page included jQuery, why shouldn't the browser have it's own static version, which is ...
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Fine Line: Readability Vs Speed [duplicate]

Is there a line between readability vs compile or processing speed? Aside from the extreme cases, I wouldn't think it would be even worth saving that little bit extra in favor of legibility... For ...
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Quickest way to split a delimited String in Java

I am building a Comparator that provides multi-column sort capability on a delimited String. I am currently using the split method from String class as my preferred choice for splitting the raw String ...
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Object Oriented Programming Language performance ranking

After reading this post about ideal programming language learning sequence, I am wondering what would have been the answers if the question was performance -instead of learning- oriented ? Since ...
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How to design a complex REST API considering DB performance?

I've been following some tutorials on how to design REST APIs, but I still have some big questions marks. All these tutorials show resources with relatively simple hierarchies, and I would like to ...
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How to see what parts of your code are run most often?

I would like to be able to see what code in thousands of lines of source code is run most often and takes the longest. The purpose of this would be for optimization. Being able to see what parts of ...
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A question regarding linked list vs vector insert/remove results comparison

I was reading this blog post: http://kjellkod.wordpress.com/2012/02/25/why-you-should-never-ever-ever-use-linked-list-in-your-code-again/ and I found there a code to run: http://ideone.com/62Emz I'...
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Where is the evidence for the performance of Node.js?

A lot of developers, especially ones who haven't used Node.js in production, seem to believe that Node.js is faster than other interpreted languages such as PHP, Python, and Ruby. These claims ...
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Session size management

From what I know, the session information is usually saved on the server. In Java the data is handled as a Map which I guess contains the a String identifier and an object reference which points to a ...
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Should I always store parsed data in database before manipulating?

I am about to start a new project which involves taking an excel file, parsing the data (php-excel-reader) and then using the parsed values in a HTML email. My question is pretty simple. Is it better ...
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Can a pimpl variation be implemented without any performance penalty?

One of the issues of pimpl is the performance penalty of using it (additional memory allocation, non-contiguous data members, additional indirections, etc..). I would like to propose a variation on ...
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Is Collection.stream().filter().forEach() inefficient compared to a standard for each loop?

IntelliJ IDEA recommended to me just now to replace the following for-each loop with a Java 8 "forEach" call: for (Object o : objects) { if (o instanceof SomeObject) { ...
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Issues to be considered while loading jQuery?

I have seen many answers in SO regarding using Google's CDN to load jQuery instead of loading it from the local server. In essence I understand this is the issue related with decreased latency, better ...
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Is event sourcing ready for prime time? [closed]

Event Sourcing was popularized by LMAX as a means to provide speed, performance scalability, transparent persistence and transparent live mirroring. Before being rebranded as Event Sourcing, this type ...
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Is the Entity Framework appropriate when all you do is insert records in bulk?

My department develops software to migrate databases for our customers from their old CRM software to ours. In this process we could be inserting up do millions of rows, processed one at a time as we ...
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Does profiling without benchmarking lead to micro-optimization?

Read first: For a definition of the two terms ("profiling" and "benchmarking") and the need for distinguishing them, please read this answer to a previous question. I have to admit that until I saw ...
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Does unused code affects the assembly after startup (Memory for example)?

Disclaimer: I come from a PHP background. In PHP, I could have thousands files, which are never loaded, if not needed, due to the autoloader feature (If some code is needed, it would be loaded) How ...
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What are the options when Sql generated by ORM needs tuning?

I am starting working on a web project using django. While researching whether to use Sqlalchemy or raw sql when django orm is not sufficient which is also a question I asked here Raw Sql vs ...
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How much usage of “likely” and “unlikely” macros is too much?

The often known as likely and unlikely macros help the compiler know whether an if is usually going to be entered or skipped. Using it results in some (rather minor) performance improvements. I ...