Rules Of Optimization

The "rules" of optimising are a rhetorical device intended to dissuade novice programmers from cluttering up their programs with vain attempts at writing optimal code. They are:

  1. FirstRuleOfOptimization - Don't.
  2. SecondRuleOfOptimization - Don't... yet.
  3. ProfileBeforeOptimizing

It is uncertain at present, whether cute devices such as this have, or ever will, change any attitudes.

It changed mine.

Mine, too.

Source:

MichaelJackson used to say (when asked about optimization):
  1. Don't.
  2. Don't Yet (for experts only).

This is republished in JonBentley's ProgrammingPearls.


And lets not forget these famous quotes:

"The best is the enemy of the good."
-- MrVoltaire

"More computing sins are committed in the name of efficiency (without necessarily achieving it) than for any other single reason - including blind stupidity."
-- W.A. Wulf

"We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: PrematureOptimization is the root of all evil."
-- DonKnuth (who attributed the observation to CarHoare)


See: OptimizeLater, LazyOptimization, OptimizationUnitTest, OptimizationStories, http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?search=optimiz, UniformlySlowCode, CodeDepreciation, RulesOfOptimizationClub


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