David Pollak wrote:
> There are some applications that will never perform as in Java (e.g.,
> stuff that's heavily oriented to bit manipulation.)  But for many
> classes of applications (e.g., spreadsheets) Java can perform as well
> as C.

Actually, it's notorious that a Sieve of Eratosthenes using the 
respective Bitset classes is faster in Java than in C++.

I don't get it, either, but I've verified it myself.

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John W. Kennedy
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Nourished the land on a fallacy of rational virtue."
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