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for i = 0 to 199 do 
    poke(screen_memory+i*320, 0) 
end for 


x = screen_memory 
for i = 0 to 199 do 
    poke(x, 0) 
    x = x + 320 
end for 

Saving Results in Variables

  • It's faster to save the result of a calculation in a variable, than it is to recalculate it later. Even something as simple as a subscript operation, or adding 1 to a variable is worth saving.
  • When you have a sequence with multiple levels of subscripting, it is faster to change code like:
for i = 1 to 1000 do 
   y[a][i] = y[a][i]+1 
end for 


ya = y[a] 
for i = 1 to 1000 do 
    ya[i] = ya[i] + 1 
end for 
y[a] = ya 

So you are doing two subscript operations per iteration of the loop, rather than four. The operations, ya = y[a] and y[a] = ya are very cheap. They just copy a pointer. They don't copy a whole sequence.

  • There is a slight cost when you create a new sequence using {a,b,c}. If possible, move this operation out of a critical loop by storing it in a variable before the loop, and referencing the variable inside the loop.

In-lining of Routine Calls

If you have a routine that is rather small, the interpreter and translator will in-line it for you. Your code will remain as readable as before.

Operations on Sequences

Euphoria lets you operate on a large sequence of data using a single statement. This saves you from writing a loop where you process one element at-a-time. e.g.

x = {1,3,5,7,9} 
y = {2,4,6,8,10} 
z = x + y 


z = repeat(0, 5)  -- if necessary 
for i = 1 to 5 do 
    z[i] = x[i] + y[i] 
end for 

In most interpreted languages, it is much faster to process a whole sequence (array) in one statement, than it is to perform scalar operations in a loop. This is because the interpreter has a large amount of overhead for each statement it executes.

Euphoria is different. Euphoria is very lean, with little interpretive overhead, so operations on sequences don't always win.

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