Four years ago, I wrote about FreePascal (FPC) as the best optimized open source compiler based on Computer Language Benchmarks Game (CLBG). Today, I look again at the game and, surprisingly, got a very different result. The fact makes me quite sad. Looking further at the fastest computer language category, I feel a deep disappointment. 😦
At May 2007, FPC was the best programming language when speed and size (memory footprint) weighted equally. Though it was not the fastest programming language, C (gcc) was the fastest, but FPC was still in top five of the list. It was on the forth if I remember it correctly. Today? It’s no longer the case.