The Day Performance Didn't Matter Any More
OSNews published a nine-language performance roundup in early 2004. The results are summarized here:
It's not a very practical benchmark, but it does tell us a few things. It's no surprise that C++ is at the head of the pack. But the others aren't terribly far behind. What I find really interesting, though, is how most of the languages clump together in the middle. There's no significant performance difference between Java and .NET if you throw out the weirdly anomalous trig results.
Language Type of Language Execution Time Relative to C++ C++ Compiled 1:1 Visual Basic Compiled 1:1 C# Compiled 1:1 Java Byte code 1.5:1 PHP Interpreted > 100:1 Python Interpreted > 100:1
|AMD 1900+||1.6 GHz||12.25 sec|
|P4 Mobile||2.2 GHz||15.48 sec|
|P4 Celeron||1.4 GHz||17.43 sec|