I really like the convenience of doing:

arr = IO.readlines("test1.txt")

and then using [arr] to massage my data.

But, when "test1.txt" is a big file (say 4MB) it takes for ever to read the
file.

Is there any way to make it faster without sacrificing the terseness.

(Similar constructs are much faster in Python and Perl world).

Please help.

-- Shanko