recursion in XML parser

David Megginson david at
Wed Apr 14 18:18:58 BST 1999

Didier PH Martin writes:

 > I think that nobody would argue that Java has a lot of virtues that
 > certainly speed of not one of them. To take your numbers David, If
 > that part of the application is 10 times faster than any Java
 > parser and that the app itself is 10 times faster also. The overall
 > throughput is therefore 10 times faster.

That's not necessarily the case -- C/C++ have some advantages for fast
I/O that Java doesn't share, but if your other code is not I/O-bound,
and if it doesn't require small, tight processing loops, the speed
difference for the non-parsing code might be much less significant
(depending on how efficient your VM and OS are at memory-management).

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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