Forgotten Statement

 BBS: Inland Empire Archive
Date: 05-05-92 (10:36)             Number: 166
From: RICHARD VANNOY               Refer#: NONE
  To: ZACK JONES                    Recvd: NO  
Subj: Forgotten Statement            Conf: (2) Quik_Bas
ZJ>Not that I doubt you, but how do you guys (read readers of this echo)
ZJ>know that one function/command is faster than the others?  Like every
ZJ>other programmer I want to learn how to write the smallest, fastest code
ZJ>I can - I'd just like to know how you guys come up with your answers
ZJ>(Years of experience perhaps?)

Here's an example where a VERY short and fast statement can
be repeated many times and timed.  Try it.  Once you get
the idea, just replace the two code samples with any two
operations you want to compare.

Which is faster?

  PRINT x$; y$; z$     or      PRINT x$ + y$ + z$

Let's find out.

'BENCH.BAS - simple benchmark program example
'Note: The code between the two Start! and Done! lines
'      must be identical (except for the code being tested)
'      to get valid results.

X$ = STRING$(25, "X")   'create the test strings
Y$ = STRING$(25, "Y")
Z$ = STRING$(25, "Z")

Synch! = TIMER          'synchronize to the system timer
DO                      'This is like putting a horse in a
  Start! = TIMER        'starting gate.  It holds up the
LOOP WHILE Start! = Synch!  'program until a "new" second
                        'rolls around.

FOR X = 1 TO 1000       '1000 times is sufficient. I
                        'usually start with 100 or 1000
  LOCATE 1,1
  PRINT X$; Y$; Z$      'Here's sample 1

Done! = TIMER           'calculate elapsed time
Test1! = Done! - Start! 'There's the time for the first one

Synch! = TIMER          'Get out the starting gate again.
  Start! = TIMER
LOOP WHILE Start! = Synch!

FOR X = 1 TO 1000
  LOCATE 1,1
  PRINT X$ + Y$ + Z$    'Here's sample 2

Done! = TIMER
Test2! = Done! - Start! 'Sample 2 time is.....
                        'Now print results

PRINT USING "####.#### seconds using three strings"; Test1!
PRINT USING "####.#### seconds using concatenation"; Test2!

That's all there is to it!

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