Monday, April 23, 2007


I was going to write an essay about tail recursion, and I wanted to demonstrate my point with some actual code. I was going to do it in C# because I happen to have some profiling tools that will help me get some numbers. I wanted a small, portable benchmark-like program that anyone could run and reproduce my results. I suppose I should have known. The world of object-oriented programming is overwhelmingly imperative. Most of the functions I found return `void'. This is the level of sophistication I expect from assembly code! The bulk of the code is still hacking and thrashing at memory locations. Of course these are named and encapsulated memory locations, so I guess that makes it OK.

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