[erlang-questions] I/O performance when reading from stdin

Edward Stow ed.stow@REDACTED
Sat Jan 10 23:36:15 CET 2009

2009/1/11 Hynek Schlawack <hs@REDACTED>:
> Hi,
> I'm starting to learn and love Erlang and wanted as a small exercise
> implement a word occurrence counter for http://ptrace.fefe.de/wp/ .
> To say it kindly, Erlang isn't built for string operations. :) My
> (mostly approved by #erlang) version[1] is twice as slow as the slowest
> already submitted[2].
I am only an Erlang / FP noob but I would not be surprised that the
Erlang code is slower as it is not really equivalent to the other
implementations :  for example the python implemenation
http://ptrace.fefe.de/wp/wp.py is streaming over stdin and only
accumulating the word counts in a dictionary.

Whereas the erlang implementation reads the entire file into memory,
with the overheads that are needed for storage and processing by ets.


Edward Stow

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