December 2008 Developer's Poll

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What are your expectations in creating 64-bit applications?

(a) Increased speed
(b) Increased stability
(c) Better memory management
(d) All of the above
(e) None. I expect negligible performance changes.
Total votes : 22

December 2008 Developer's Poll

Postby Damon » Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:53 pm

Thanks to George for this month's poll question.

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Postby gtokas » Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:26 am

Once upon a time, when I got my first PC (1986) I was worked with compilers - assemblers for the Zilog Z80....
A project took eternity to get finished...
Before 1995 the fastest tool for the job needed 40 - 50 seconds to create the result. That was 16bit and those programs work on DOS and Win 3.1...
And then one day browsing Zilog's webpage I saw "Zilog Developer Studio" pre beta of course in 32 bit.
Took 2 days with a modem to download but finally made it...
I used the same project that needed 45 sec to complete with the other tools, I changed some things to conform with Zilog's "habits" and clicked finally the "Make" button...
Had in mind the other tools I looked away and light a cigarrete...
When I looked again I saw "Finished"...
I pressed again and count 2 SECONDS!!!
So after this little story you can understand that my answer is "All the above", but this time I don't expect that tragic results as in the story.
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December 2008 Developer's Poll

Postby arisme » Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:58 am

There is an option missing

(f) The Curate's egg

I share George's experiences of the early days. The musical keyboard that used to sit beside my workstation to while away the multi-minute compiles has long been dispatched to the attic.

In recent times, many leaps forward in processing speed or power have been negated by bloat. The tool developers get in early, and by the time the public gains access the physical advantages have largely been offset by additional bell and whistle features and their associated overhead.

However, there have been very real and significant gains in utilities that have focussed essentially on one task, and concentrated on doing that task well.

So, I expect a mixed bag, with some startling gains alongside undetectable improvements. Overall, had to vote for (e) None.

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