[R] Programming Concepts and Philosophy

Philipp Pagel p.pagel at wzw.tum.de
Mon Jun 23 09:57:05 CEST 2008

On Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 10:04:46AM -0500, hadley wickham wrote:
> 2008/6/20 cmr.Pent at gmail.com <cmr.Pent at gmail.com>:
> > On 20 июн, 11:06, Wacek Kusnierczyk
> > <Waclaw.Marcin.Kusnierc... at idi.ntnu.no> wrote:
> >> the result may be that the more beautiful the code, the more the performance
> >> sucks.
> >
> > Sad but true.
> If you do nothing to your code, in 18 months time its performance will
> have doubled because computers will have become faster.  Your code
> will not get easier to understand by itself.

Very true. And I would like to contribute one of my favorite quotations:

"It is easier to optimize correct code than to correct optimized code."
  --Bill Harlan


Dr. Philipp Pagel
Lehrstuhl für Genomorientierte Bioinformatik
Technische Universität München
Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan
85350 Freising, Germany

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