The alioth shootout Computer Language Benchmarks Game
I'm tired hearing from people that perl is dead or slow.
But basically they are right. If you check out a popular language comparison,
perl is almost on the last ranks, if listed at all. Behind python, php and ruby. And we all
know that at least ruby is slower than perl.
Partially because those perl scripts are pretty lame, not optimized as the comparable scripts. And partially because perl is slower than C or LISP.
Worthwhile targets are fasta, binary-trees.
As I found out adjusting the algo helps much more.
The official tracker contains a version which is 20x faster than fasta.perl by using pythons algo and is therefore 2x faster than python3. This is the range we are used to.
And I'm also working on the compiled perlcc versions with several optimizations.
And I'll try out the new ideas which I talked at YAPC::NA about. So far my typed perlcc versions are slower, because I copy forth and back too many lexicals. Needs more optimization improvements.