You work for me, Computer.

By Brandon Bloom

When Order Doesn't Matter

Programming languages, imperative ones in particular, place a lot of emphasis on sequence. Take this simple pseuodocode for example:

components = [4.5, 3.2, 4.0, 3.8]

The result of this code is 3, but that same result can very clearly be achieved in a less computationally expensive manner by performing:


Correct me if I am wrong, but current day compilers operate on source code that lacks the semantic to perform such an optimization.